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Re: First year with no billable work, should I leave?

Post by 4LTsPointingNorth » Fri May 08, 2020 6:47 pm

Asking out of ignorance: why would a big automotive company be actively hiring first year lawyers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic? Is there a specific role that you could fill in-house that would reduce their outside counsel expenses?

In the absence of an identified, specific job opportunity, I wouldn't try to solicit a job offer from a big firm client in the current circumstances. Just make sure that your practice group knows that you're available and looking for more work to do. If I were in your shoes, I would hope to stay employed at the firm as long as possible. While you won't get the same amount of hands-on training as in normal times billing 30-60 hours a week, at least you'll be able to lengthen your tenure as a law firm associate for resume purposes in case layoffs do eventually happen.

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Re: First year with no billable work, should I leave?

Post by Anonymous User » Fri May 08, 2020 6:55 pm

4LTsPointingNorth wrote:Asking out of ignorance: why would a big automotive company be actively hiring first year lawyers in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic? Is there a specific role that you could fill in-house that would reduce their outside counsel expenses?

In the absence of an identified, specific job opportunity, I wouldn't try to solicit a job offer from a big firm client in the current circumstances. Just make sure that your practice group knows that you're available and looking for more work to do. If I were in your shoes, I would hope to stay employed at the firm as long as possible. While you won't get the same amount of hands-on training as in normal times billing 30-60 hours a week, at least you'll be able to lengthen your tenure as a law firm associate for resume purposes in case layoffs do eventually happen.
This is OP. I should've been clearer, the firm client is not automotive, but it is hiring first years for in-house litigation positions. I guess they are looking to reduce outside counsel expenses, but I'm honestly not sure why they are hiring. I have a pre-screen interview with the recruiting person next week.

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Re: First year with no billable work, should I leave?

Post by RaceJudicata » Fri May 08, 2020 8:35 pm

Sure, go in house if you think that is the right move for you. But recognize it’ll be pretty tough to ever get back to a firm.

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