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General lit vs. Appellate group?

Post by Anonymous User » Sun Mar 10, 2024 8:19 pm

Clerking right now, and I’m weighing offers from a biglaw appeals & issues group and a well-regarded lit group. Summer projects were all research, so I don’t have a great sense of the day-to-day in general lit.

What questions should I be asking? Can I likely move into general lit from an explicitly law-focused role? Will I limit exit options if I don’t go into general lit right away?

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Re: General lit vs. Appellate group?

Post by Anonymous User » Mon Jul 08, 2024 8:08 pm

Bumping, because I'm in the same boat and would love to know haha

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Re: General lit vs. Appellate group?

Post by Anonymous User » Thu Jul 11, 2024 2:22 am

Anonymous User wrote:
Sun Mar 10, 2024 8:19 pm
Clerking right now, and I’m weighing offers from a biglaw appeals & issues group and a well-regarded lit group. Summer projects were all research, so I don’t have a great sense of the day-to-day in general lit.

What questions should I be asking? Can I likely move into general lit from an explicitly law-focused role? Will I limit exit options if I don’t go into general lit right away?
Is the lit group a boutique or "biglaw" firm?

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Re: General lit vs. Appellate group?

Post by Anonymous User » Fri Jul 12, 2024 11:18 pm

I'm in general lit at a well regarded firm. It depends on your interests, but personally, I would take appellate/issues group 100%. In general lit, I've gotten to draft a couple appellate briefs and parts of some dispositive motions, but a lot of the work is not "law" ... it's project management, fact development, discovery disputes, dealing with experts. Try to figure out whether you think that stuff is interesting or whether you would prefer to mostly research and write and do law in a law-school sense.

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