Thursday

Apologies For My Biased Law Firm Angst...

The article about singles leaving the fast track clearly hit a nerve for me yesterday and made me conjure up memories about my prior life as a law firm associate. My whining about that life isn't particularly original. Indeed,law firms are notorious for being pressure cookers.

However, I wanted to make something clear. That environment didn't work for me because I didn't love it. As you can tell from my blog posts, I have lots of interests. It was the law firm life that got to me eventually. However, I am glad that I got the experience. I learned a lot. Besides, in the long run I was no worse for the wear. I just needed to take a month off before I started my new job as an in-house lawyer.

Even given my thoughts about the life of a young associate, I still encourage law students to give it a try. You get to work with smart people, get great experience and get to decide what type of law you'll eventually practice. It's also a great way to build a strong network.

Besides, just because I didn't like it doesn't mean that everybody will feel that way, even if the turnover statistics for associates are rather high...
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