2nd year associate with some free time

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2nd year associate with some free time

Postby red shirt guy » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:34 pm

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Re: 2nd year associate with some free time

Postby specialsnowflake » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:37 pm

Mind answering what school and how your grades were?

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Re: 2nd year associate with some free time

Postby fatduck » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:39 pm

how'd you pick your firm? plan on staying for a while? if planning to exit, where to?

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Re: 2nd year associate with some free time

Postby red shirt guy » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:41 pm

specialsnowflake wrote:Mind answering what school and how your grades were?
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Re: 2nd year associate with some free time

Postby red shirt guy » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:44 pm

fatduck wrote:how'd you pick your firm? plan on staying for a while? if planning to exit, where to?
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Re: 2nd year associate with some free time

Postby fatduck » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:45 pm

red shirt guy wrote:
fatduck wrote:how'd you pick your firm? plan on staying for a while? if planning to exit, where to?


It was actually the only firm I received an offer from--my focus throughout law school had been primarily criminal work. I will be sticking around for a while at least, but would be willing to make a move if something with a DA's office in New York presented itself. The end goal would be AUSA.

are you doing something criminal-related, like white collar?

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Re: 2nd year associate with some free time

Postby donniedarko » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:46 pm

What kinds of things make junior associates stand out?

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Re: 2nd year associate with some free time

Postby red shirt guy » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:47 pm

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Re: 2nd year associate with some free time

Postby red shirt guy » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:51 pm

donniedarko wrote:What kinds of things make junior associates stand out?
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Re: 2nd year associate with some free time

Postby donniedarko » Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:54 pm

red shirt guy wrote:
donniedarko wrote:What kinds of things make junior associates stand out?


Being among the most junior myself, I don't have much to base it on, so I don't want to lead you astray. However, understanding that you don't really know THAT much coming out of law school is important when you start practicing. Other than that, the common things like timeliness with assignments, willingness to take on more work, etc. are always looked favorably upon in my experience.


Cool. Thanks! Any tips for everyone out there with call backs pending . . .

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Re: 2nd year associate with some free time

Postby bk1 » Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:00 pm

Did you work long hours prior to biglaw? Now that you've worked for a bit in biglaw, how much longer do you think you could keep up that kind of schedule? Indefinitely?

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Re: 2nd year associate with some free time

Postby red shirt guy » Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:02 pm

donniedarko wrote:Cool. Thanks! Any tips for everyone out there with call backs pending . . .
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Re: 2nd year associate with some free time

Postby donniedarko » Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:04 pm

red shirt guy wrote:
donniedarko wrote:Cool. Thanks! Any tips for everyone out there with call backs pending . . .


No problem.

Not a ton of advice unfortunately--I got way more rejections than offers. However, if they have called you back, they at least think you are capable of handling the work. Don't do anything to make them think otherwise. I really don't think interviewers are actively looking for people to eliminate as seems to be a common belief around here. Just be able to articulate what you THINK you will be interested in. Understand that practice is a lot different from law school, so it is hard to say with certainty as a student what a particular practice area does (unless of course you've had some other way of gaining significant exposure to actual practice).


That makes sense. Thanks for the tips and for taking the time "red shirt guy!"

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Re: 2nd year associate with some free time

Postby red shirt guy » Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:08 pm

bk1 wrote:Did you work long hours prior to biglaw? Now that you've worked for a bit in biglaw, how much longer do you think you could keep up that kind of schedule? Indefinitely?
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Re: 2nd year associate with some free time

Postby red shirt guy » Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:09 pm

donniedarko wrote:
red shirt guy wrote:
donniedarko wrote:Cool. Thanks! Any tips for everyone out there with call backs pending . . .


No problem.

Not a ton of advice unfortunately--I got way more rejections than offers. However, if they have called you back, they at least think you are capable of handling the work. Don't do anything to make them think otherwise. I really don't think interviewers are actively looking for people to eliminate as seems to be a common belief around here. Just be able to articulate what you THINK you will be interested in. Understand that practice is a lot different from law school, so it is hard to say with certainty as a student what a particular practice area does (unless of course you've had some other way of gaining significant exposure to actual practice).


That makes sense. Thanks for the tips and for taking the time "red shirt guy!"


Anytime. Good luck with any upcoming call backs.

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Re: 2nd year associate with some free time

Postby Swimp » Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:12 pm

Have you gotten any particularly useful advice about how best to shoot for an AUSA position?

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Re: 2nd year associate with some free time

Postby red shirt guy » Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:15 pm

Swimp wrote:Have you gotten any particularly useful advice about how best to shoot for an AUSA position?
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Re: 2nd year associate with some free time

Postby solotee » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:06 am

How much harder, or how much more work did you do as a first year associate compared to your summer associate experience? Did you ever feel overwhelmed with work or that you couldn't manage your obligations? If so, how often have you felt like that?




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