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by lolwat
Mon Jan 14, 2019 11:21 pm
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: V5/WLRK or Lit Boutique?
Replies: 13
Views: 574

Re: V5/WLRK or Lit Boutique?

Lit boutiques vary widely. Depending on what your goals are, I would suggest doing some research and look at ones with real track records where people actually stay and make partner, etc. I think SG Is one of those. WW+E too I think. Just haven't seen a whole lot of turnover at their SoCal offices a...
by lolwat
Wed Jan 02, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: 2018 Bonus Discussion
Replies: 36
Views: 2263

Re: 2018 Bonus Discussion

had a nice lol at the idea of clients being able to discern the difference between associate a and associate b billing 8 and 16 hours of “review and markup merger agreement” on their respective deals Some clients require a lot more detail than that. It may also just be more obvious in litigation. I...
by lolwat
Sun Nov 11, 2018 2:15 pm
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: Stub Year Questions
Replies: 10
Views: 792

Re: Stub Year Questions

It's normal enough. Depending on the firm, your practice area, and your luck with deadlines and emergencies, you might be able to avoid weekend work a lot of times. I generally only work weekends if there's a Monday or Tuesday deadline for something, usually some sort of emergency or short deadline ...
by lolwat
Wed Nov 07, 2018 10:13 am
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: Arbitration Boutique Salary
Replies: 2
Views: 343

Re: Arbitration Boutique Salary

This is such a niche practice and I've never even heard of these firms. In general, in my limited experience, whether a niche boutique pays market depends on how much they can demand for their services and how profitable they are. Something like an arbitration boutique sounds like they'd probably be...
by lolwat
Tue Oct 30, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Public Interest and Government
Topic: Summer Job--which one?
Replies: 12
Views: 643

Re: Summer Job--which one?

State AG is probably better, but don't underestimate how valuable courtroom time is. Civil cases may not go to trial that often but when they do, anyone with actual experience inside a courtroom becomes that much more valuable to the trial team. That, and even if they don't go to trial, courtroom ex...
by lolwat
Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 158
Views: 12354

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Wondering where I should be looking/if my clerkship office was overly enthusiastic. Top 1/3 at a non hys t14, no LR but moot court and secondary journal board. I think I will have strong reccommendations, and I have a bunch of public interest work experience. I’m also super geographically flexible ...
by lolwat
Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:29 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 158
Views: 12354

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

Besides clerkships I never found employers to really care what classes I took. I can't even remember a single interviewer who had a copy of my transcript; it was always just a resume. This is inaccurate as applied to OP here. Based on the 1L elective offerings this person lists we go to the same la...
by lolwat
Sun Oct 14, 2018 3:56 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 158
Views: 12354

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

IMO--for your 1L elective, take something fun and focus on getting good grades in your core classes. You can take the important stuff later on. Why pile on Corporations or Evidence or whatever when you've already got your usual dense Con Law/Civ Pro/Property/etc. stuff going on? Also, my gut feeling...
by lolwat
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: General advice for lateral interviews?
Replies: 9
Views: 668

Re: General advice for lateral interviews?

Any lateral advice for someone looking to change practice areas? Currently in bankfinance/high yield debt markets and want to do broader cap markets work or tech/VC/startup work. Just finished my first year. You'll probably be asked a lot about why you want to change practice areas. So develop a go...
by lolwat
Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:02 am
Forum: OCI, Biglaw Summers, and Other First Private Sector Jobs
Topic: Billable Requirement/Work Life Balance
Replies: 11
Views: 1007

Re: Billable Requirement/Work Life Balance

probably dumb question: I’m assuming it isn’t possible to bill 2K and take a ton of vacation for the rest of the year, right? (otherwise everyone would do it?) Not in my experience. If you've just had a trial with some 300-hour months, you can probably take a few weeks off after that, but I think i...
by lolwat
Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: Public Interest and Government
Topic: State Deputy SG - AMA
Replies: 28
Views: 1872

Re: State Deputy SG - AMA

@Not_Paul_Clement: Thanks for answering all the questions! It's amazingly helpful. @lawman84: I know the CA SG's office posted openings on the AG website, but I don't know if that's the only way to apply. They have levels for their hires so if they list a DAG III position in the SG's office, it need...
by lolwat
Mon Oct 01, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Public Interest and Government
Topic: State Deputy SG - AMA
Replies: 28
Views: 1872

Re: State Deputy SG - AMA

Agree with lolwat. If you're still around, I have a couple questions I'd love to ask you. Are you still around to answer questions? :) I’m around now Oh, hey! Hope you've been well. I think my main question how much of major categories of work you do at the office. (For example, if I were to break ...
by lolwat
Tue Sep 25, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: Big Law Hours Check
Replies: 31
Views: 3095

Re: Big Law Hours Check

So what's the protocol if we're far enough ahead on hours but billable year ends Dec. 31? I only need to bill 100 hours a month for oct/nov/dec to hit minimum for bonus. I was also out on a long vacation recently... Seems hard to take another one this year, but maybe it's in my head. The rest of th...
by lolwat
Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: OCI, Biglaw Summers, and Other First Private Sector Jobs
Topic: Billable Requirement/Work Life Balance
Replies: 11
Views: 1007

Re: Billable Requirement/Work Life Balance

2k should be fine in lit as long as you've got steady work. You'll always get some surprises in lit. Not as bad as what I hear corporate is like, but stuff is just unavoidable. Sometimes you need that ex parte application, sometimes you need to respond to something shitty opposing counsel is doing. ...
by lolwat
Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: Los Angeles Market Associate Taking Questions -- OCI and BID LIST HELP
Replies: 437
Views: 22029

Re: Los Angeles Market Associate Taking Questions -- OCI and BID LIST HELP

Any suggestions for a 2L interested in LA biglaw/botique litigation after graduation, but was unable to land a summer associate position? I'm competitive for federal clerkships so my current plan is to apply aggressively for a clerkship right after graduation and then try my luck again post-clerksh...
by lolwat
Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:37 pm
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: General advice for lateral interviews?
Replies: 9
Views: 668

Re: General advice for lateral interviews?

It's probably not worlds different. Substantive questions probably stuff like why are you lateraling, why this firm, why this practice area (if it's different than your current one), stuff regarding your experience and resume (sort of like OCI callback but on a slightly more deeper level re your exp...
by lolwat
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:20 am
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: Let go from big law firm after first year; next steps?
Replies: 8
Views: 1234

Re: Let go from big law firm after first year; next steps?

This is really scary. Are economic layoffs going around? Some firms are having trouble, but I'm getting recruiting e-mails weekly for shit that's not even in my practice area, and I'm also not at a biglaw firm, so I figure the overall market's doing okay. What market are you in now and are you lit ...
by lolwat
Wed Sep 12, 2018 11:16 am
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Should I interview?
Replies: 8
Views: 572

Re: Should I interview?

I've lived in a small pile of places that I never thought I'd end up in--and they've all been just fine for a summer or, in the case of my clerkship, for a year. You'd be amazed how quickly a year passes and how much you can find to do in a year (even if you don't think you could last much longer th...
by lolwat
Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:33 pm
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: Los Angeles Market Associate Taking Questions -- OCI and BID LIST HELP
Replies: 437
Views: 22029

Re: Los Angeles Market Associate Taking Questions -- OCI and BID LIST HELP

Thanks! So Vault is the place to look for recruiters? I assume the recruiters are basically just associates charged with recruiting SAs right--so Linkedin wouldn't be any help, because nobody's title is like "Recruiter at Wilmer Hale"? I'm "diverse but not URM", which I assume counts for basically ...
by lolwat
Sat Sep 01, 2018 4:21 pm
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: Survey of YOUR Block-Billing/Bill-Itemizing Practices
Replies: 11
Views: 741

Re: Survey of YOUR Block-Billing/Bill-Itemizing Practices

That's interesting-I would have thought the opposite honestly. So u do see insurance companies being more stingy paying bills than other clients? Or is it more that they just want thorough documentation and shit? Also curious what sort of claims you focus on, but understand if you'd rather not shar...
by lolwat
Thu Aug 30, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: Survey of YOUR Block-Billing/Bill-Itemizing Practices
Replies: 11
Views: 741

Re: Survey of YOUR Block-Billing/Bill-Itemizing Practices

I'm not even sure I selected the right one from the 50000 choices above. I generally see differences between insurance companies and other clients. it still varies, but generally speaking the insurance companies (regardless of which one, and regardless of the type of work and what we're billing out ...
by lolwat
Sun Aug 26, 2018 3:44 pm
Forum: Public Interest and Government
Topic: State Deputy SG - AMA
Replies: 28
Views: 1872

Re: State Deputy SG - AMA

Are you still around to answer questions? :)
by lolwat
Sun Aug 26, 2018 3:30 pm
Forum: Clerkships
Topic: Clerks Taking Questions
Replies: 158
Views: 12354

Re: Clerks Taking Questions

I agree with the above, but will I guess note that I had some luck just asking when they'd like to get applications for post-clerkship positions.
by lolwat
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:57 am
Forum: General Legal Employment/Post Grad Discussion
Topic: Does midlaw "Summer Program" = "LOL NOPE" for 3Ls?
Replies: 6
Views: 554

Re: Does midlaw "Summer Program" = "LOL NOPE" for 3Ls?

Agree with all the above. Some additional thoughts: Once you get out of biglaw, hiring becomes a lot less structured. Most of the time if a midlaw or boutique firm needs someone, they need them quick. Summer positions don't help shit other than giving them some expensive advertisement to students/sc...