What skills are necessary to be successful in BigLaw?

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crazi4law
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What skills are necessary to be successful in BigLaw?

Postby crazi4law » Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:22 pm

I heard that law in general is a lot of reading, but I never really read anything at school besides textbooks; Is that going to be a problem?

I've always excelled in writing, but I've always been really bad at math, science and accounting... is that going to be an issue too?

And is there any way that I can find out now, whether I will be good at BigLaw or any type of corporate law?

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Re: What skills are necessary to be successful in BigLaw?

Postby Transferthrowaway » Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:27 pm

Being able to sacrifice your health, hobbies, friendships, and relationships.

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Re: What skills are necessary to be successful in BigLaw?

Postby Renzo » Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:30 pm

Transferthrowaway wrote:Being able to sacrifice your health, hobbies, friendships, and relationships.


Without being bitter and burned out by it, at least publicly.

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Re: What skills are necessary to be successful in BigLaw?

Postby Transferthrowaway » Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:31 pm

Renzo wrote:
Transferthrowaway wrote:Being able to sacrifice your health, hobbies, friendships, and relationships.


Without being bitter and burned out by it, at least publicly.


Excellent addition.

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Re: What skills are necessary to be successful in BigLaw?

Postby Anonymous User » Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:33 pm

patience, extreme detail oriented, patience, adderall.

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crazi4law
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Re: What skills are necessary to be successful in BigLaw?

Postby crazi4law » Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:40 pm

So do I have to be really good at math and accounting? And do I actually have to read a lot? (i am rather slow at reading.. is that going to be a problem?)

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Re: What skills are necessary to be successful in BigLaw?

Postby PwnLaw » Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:56 pm

Depends on your goals. If you define success as doing well and sticking around for a few years until your exit options become solid, then: endurance, think skin, HYPER ATTENTION TO DETAIL, and a bit of brown nosing.

If you're going for partner, then the top will get you to service partner so long as you become indispensible to a rainmaker.

If you're going for rainmaker, then all of the above and extremely strong personal skills.

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Re: What skills are necessary to be successful in BigLaw?

Postby Sup Kid » Sun Nov 13, 2011 7:58 pm

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Re: What skills are necessary to be successful in BigLaw?

Postby vanwinkle » Mon Nov 14, 2011 2:27 am

Sup Kid wrote:Wrong forum, read this: viewtopic.php?f=23&t=170600

It's been moved.

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Re: What skills are necessary to be successful in BigLaw?

Postby johnnyutah » Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:05 pm

A devotion to doing stupid, time consuming bullshit in order to win approval from others.

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Re: What skills are necessary to be successful in BigLaw?

Postby Nicholasnickynic » Mon Nov 14, 2011 12:09 pm

johnnyutah wrote:A devotion to doing stupid, time consuming bullshit in order to win approval from others.



Correct. ON a serious note:

A basic understanding of how to do the work you are assigned + the ability/willpower/drive/ etc to do extremely long hours. And teh ability to suck up to senior partners

Thats it.

They don't care about the quality of your work- as long as its passable.

If you are billing a lot of hours- they are making more money. If you suck up, they like you as a person.

So, formula for success:
1. Be competent at your work,
2. Work your ass off (if you are not destroying your personal relationships, you are not working hard enough)

3. suck up to the senior partners.

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Re: What skills are necessary to be successful in BigLaw?

Postby Julio_El_Chavo » Mon Nov 14, 2011 10:28 pm

crazi4law wrote:So do I have to be really good at math and accounting? And do I actually have to read a lot? (i am rather slow at reading.. is that going to be a problem?)


Uhhh... yeah. Lawyers have to read a lot.

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Re: What skills are necessary to be successful in BigLaw?

Postby Grizz » Mon Nov 14, 2011 11:01 pm

Transferthrowaway wrote:Being able to sacrifice your health, hobbies, friendships, and relationships.

Came ITT to poast this.




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