Gunning for Litigation a Mistake?

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Gunning for Litigation a Mistake?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jul 23, 2017 12:01 am

2L at T14 bidding mostly biglaw this OCI.

I see myself exiting biglaw 3-4 years out. I love legal research and writing motions, but the TLS consensus seems to be that there are almost no exit options for litigation. That said, I am interested in transactional (specifically M&A, trademarks, and copyrights), just not as much as lit.

Is it a mistake to try to get into litigation given my current goals? Should I bite the bullet and do something i'm less interested in for the future? Is it ridiculous to plan my escape before I even have my first legal job?

Any advice is appreciated.

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Re: Gunning for Litigation a Mistake?

Postby rpupkin » Sun Jul 23, 2017 12:21 am

Anonymous User wrote:2L at T14 bidding mostly biglaw this OCI.

I see myself exiting biglaw 3-4 years out. I love legal research and writing motions, but the TLS consensus seems to be that there are almost no exit options for litigation.

I don't believe that's the TLS consensus. And if that is the consensus, it's wrong.

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Re: Gunning for Litigation a Mistake?

Postby Lavitz » Sun Jul 23, 2017 12:22 am

I don't see why you need to make this decision now. Tell firms that you haven't decided what area you want to specialize in yet but that you're interested in both litigation and transactional, try to go to a firm that has decent practices in both areas, and then try them both out during your 2L summer before you decide.

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Re: Gunning for Litigation a Mistake?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:19 am

rpupkin wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:2L at T14 bidding mostly biglaw this OCI.

I see myself exiting biglaw 3-4 years out. I love legal research and writing motions, but the TLS consensus seems to be that there are almost no exit options for litigation.

I don't believe that's the TLS consensus. And if that is the consensus, it's wrong.


What are some of the more common exit paths for commercial litigators 5 years in?

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Re: Gunning for Litigation a Mistake?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jul 23, 2017 1:24 am

Lavitz wrote:I don't see why you need to make this decision now. Tell firms that you haven't decided what area you want to specialize in yet but that you're interested in both litigation and transactional, try to go to a firm that has decent practices in both areas, and then try them both out during your 2L summer before you decide.


Thank you, this seems like good advice.

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Re: Gunning for Litigation a Mistake?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Jul 23, 2017 8:28 am

Anonymous User wrote:
rpupkin wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:2L at T14 bidding mostly biglaw this OCI.

I see myself exiting biglaw 3-4 years out. I love legal research and writing motions, but the TLS consensus seems to be that there are almost no exit options for litigation.

I don't believe that's the TLS consensus. And if that is the consensus, it's wrong.


What are some of the more common exit paths for commercial litigators 5 years in?

Government, smaller firms, limited in-house opportunities (depending on substantive practice).

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Re: Gunning for Litigation a Mistake?

Postby Nebby » Sun Jul 23, 2017 9:02 am

rpupkin wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:2L at T14 bidding mostly biglaw this OCI.

I see myself exiting biglaw 3-4 years out. I love legal research and writing motions, but the TLS consensus seems to be that there are almost no exit options for litigation.

I don't believe that's the TLS consensus. And if that is the consensus, it's wrong.



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