No Intrinsic Motivation to do Corporate Biglaw Work

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RedGiant

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Re: No Intrinsic Motivation to do Corporate Biglaw Work

Postby RedGiant » Tue May 15, 2018 2:06 am

I may be that rare corporate associate, but I _do_ like helping my clients, and I don't mind doing busy-work, because that's sometimes what clients pay us to do. I will also add that as you know more (substantively) in corporate, you get to do cooler stuff (maybe not in all practice areas, but....). I have a business and finance background (and had a career prior to law school). I work as a corporate generalist in a big East Coast city. Last week I worked on a multi-billion dollar M&A deal which signed, helped several emerging companies clients with what they needed (either company rep or transactional work), assisted a NY attorney with opinions on a securities offering, got staffed on an IPO for this summer, and did a few SEC filings related to a public company having their annual meeting. For me, the key to corporate being interesting is mixing it up. I actually know stuff--my clients ask me to do stuff and fix stuff and get them the forms or the work product or the research answers they need--and I help them and the partners I work for are grateful, and my clients are happy.

Newsflash--not that many jobs are fulfilling. So if you're gonna work, why not get paid? I've worked at previous boring jobs and made less money, with less smart colleagues, in much less nice offices, with fewer benefits.

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Re: No Intrinsic Motivation to do Corporate Biglaw Work

Postby corporate_regret » Tue May 15, 2018 2:51 pm

RedGiant wrote:I may be that rare corporate associate, but I _do_ like helping my clients, and I don't mind doing busy-work, because that's sometimes what clients pay us to do. I will also add that as you know more (substantively) in corporate, you get to do cooler stuff (maybe not in all practice areas, but....). I have a business and finance background (and had a career prior to law school). I work as a corporate generalist in a big East Coast city. Last week I worked on a multi-billion dollar M&A deal which signed, helped several emerging companies clients with what they needed (either company rep or transactional work), assisted a NY attorney with opinions on a securities offering, got staffed on an IPO for this summer, and did a few SEC filings related to a public company having their annual meeting. For me, the key to corporate being interesting is mixing it up. I actually know stuff--my clients ask me to do stuff and fix stuff and get them the forms or the work product or the research answers they need--and I help them and the partners I work for are grateful, and my clients are happy.

Newsflash--not that many jobs are fulfilling. So if you're gonna work, why not get paid? I've worked at previous boring jobs and made less money, with less smart colleagues, in much less nice offices, with fewer benefits.


I feel none of this.

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Re: No Intrinsic Motivation to do Corporate Biglaw Work

Postby TheoO » Tue May 15, 2018 4:33 pm

I hated law school and I'm finding that I hate corporate work infinitely more. As dull as I found discussions over conlaw, I must prefer it to the mindlessness of what I do now as a first-year, and do for absurd number of hours a week, late into the night sometimes.

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Re: No Intrinsic Motivation to do Corporate Biglaw Work

Postby umichman » Tue May 15, 2018 5:24 pm

I find this to be the case for mostly corporate people. Try bankruptcy, litigation, real estate or anything else.



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