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I have a lot of friends who are working in banks, accounting firms, hedge funds, and other finance-related careers, and of course they need to know Excel to do their work. But they've also been telling me that knowing advanced Excel is really important in other fields as well, like corporate law.
I can't really see any situation where I would have to know advanced Excel in my future legal career, but then I'm pretty ignorant about what it means to practice law, so I need advice. Should I invest my time in learning advanced Excel this summer? Do biglaw lawyers need to know it? What advantages would it give you?
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Based on what I've observed, MS Excel is not important for you to know. However, as those in business do a lot of work in Excel, knowing the application might be a slight value-add because you'd better understand your clients' work. I'd prioritize familiarizing yourself with Word, particularly styles and track changes (though your firm may have another application they prefer over track changes), though, as you will be doing a lot of work in Word. Or really, just focus on the law part, because your firm and/or secretary will teach you what you need to know about any computer applications.
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