Our May 2011 #LawJobChat was an open discussion rather than a discussion led by a guest on a specific career topic. The discussion flowed from debating certain career paths to searching in specific markets to finding a mentor. You can read the entire transcript of #LawJobChat No. 11, and I’ve summarized some highlights below.
Second Tier of Associates in BigLaw
Our discussion began with reactions to a recent New York Times article that outlined the second (low-paid) tier of associates some large firms recently added. Concerns included:
- Potential resentment
- Potential billing issues
- Difference in status too huge to sustain
Overall, however, participants thought that viable non-partner track options should exist in large firms—just not the two-tiered system described in the article.
For some humor, one participant shared the following rebuttal to the NYT article: Temp Hides Fun, Fulfilling Office From Rest of Office.
Small and Midsize Firms
There are many opportunities in small and midsize firms as well as small and middle markets; one participant noted that recent grads should look in markets without law schools. One law firm attorney recruiting manager tweeted that her firm has “loads of lateral openings.”
Several participants discussed going solo. Other participants expressed concern. I think the overall feeling was that solo practice is a viable option if you find a mentor, collaborate with others (including online) to avoid isolation, and enjoy business development.
Save the Date: Our next (and 12th!!) #LawJobChat is Thursday, June 30, at 9pm EDT.