How do firms decide on offers?

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How do firms decide on offers?

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jun 24, 2019 9:10 pm

I'm at a firm that has a much smaller litigation group (which is what I wanna do) than their corporate work, so I've been told that only certain people will get offers to come back as litigation track. What can I do to ensure that I get such an offer? I could see myself being happy doing either, but I much prefer litigation. The firm keeps stressing that we should try everything and keep an open mind. I talked to someone today and it sounded like they've been given a lot more litigation work than me. They've had like 15 assignments within the past few weeks all in different types of cases. I can't even fathom how they're juggling that much including summer lunches and social events if they're actually substantial assignments. Meanwhile, I've been stuck on just a few cases of all the same type because the attorneys keep dumping more stuff on me after I turn it in. I fear taking on more work could make my quality of work suffer, but then after hearing all of this person's assignments, now I worry maybe I should be working myself harder?

Should I keep working with this same partner so he can perhaps advocate for me to get a litigation offer? Or would it be smarter to take on a bunch of assignments from different people so my name gets around more?


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Re: How do firms decide on offers?

Postby RaceJudicata » Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:42 pm

No specific advice, but getting repeat work on 4-5 cases sounds better than having 15 one-off assignments on a bunch of different cases. Also, don’t sweat too much about hardos who want to talk about how much work they have been doing as a summer. It’s, generally, meaningless.

ETA: I would try and diversify who you are working with a bit. Also, don’t forget to take on some corporate stuff. Don’t want too many eggs in any one basket (on a practice group or partner level).

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