survival in big law if you have COA clerkship under belt

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gaucholaw
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survival in big law if you have COA clerkship under belt

Postby gaucholaw » Fri Dec 28, 2012 7:33 am

So I've heard that the average life expectancy of an associate in big law is 2 years.... what are prospects if you have COA clerkship under belt. Moreover, assuming one clerked for two years, would one start at 3rd year salary rate? Lastly, what are chances for making partner... still slim?

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Re: survival in big law if you have COA clerkship under belt

Postby TooOld4This » Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:08 am

Most associates last longer than two years -- though people do start leaving around then. Five years is when the mass exodus is in full swing.

A clerkship won't help you make partner. Whether you come in as a third year if you do a two year clerkship will depend on the firm, though I believe most of the top Vault firms still count both. A word of warning on that, though. A clerkship will not develop many of the skills you need in private practice ,which can really bite you during your first year at the firm. Attorneys will see that you are a third year and assign you work that assumes you have two years of actual practice under your belt. Having good relationships with people in your summer associate class can help in the transition.

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Re: survival in big law if you have COA clerkship under belt

Postby vanwinkle » Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:51 am

Moved to correct forum, since OP is a 0L.

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Re: survival in big law if you have COA clerkship under belt

Postby Blessedassurance » Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:55 am

vanwinkle wrote:Moved to correct forum, since OP is a 0L.


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