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Outgrowing the Cultural Foundations of BigLaw

The general explanation for the lengths BigLaw is willing to go to preserve its antiquated and crumbling structure lies somewhere in the engrained legal culture of the large law firm. The relevant actors have tried to maintain the hierarchical dynamic of its origins in the face of markedly different...

Failing the First Date Test: Why I Shouldn’t Work in Big Law

I suggest that anyone who is unsure about her future career plans try out the "First Date Test" for choosing a profession: If you're on a first date with someone and you can't tell them what you plan to do for a living without feeling guilty, getting defensive, or having a panic attack...

Concerns for 2Ls About BigLaw Careers

By going to a firm, I feel that I'm giving in not just as a person interested in social justice, but also as a woman. In a study of race and gender inequality at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Lani Guinier et. al. note that among the law school class they surveyed, between 25 and 33%...

Is Big Law For Me?

Perhaps even more disturbing than quickly realizing that my decision to go to Big Law was the wrong one, is the thought of spending several years in the professional blissfully unaware of any issues until I bang my head against the glass ceiling. My conception of the glass ceiling became much more real...

Greater Implications of a Conformist, Competitive Law School Culture

Law school is hardly a happy place. Spending long hours holed up in your room memorizing case law and preparing for notoriously difficult exams while living in constant fear of being humiliated by your professors doesn't exactly make for an enjoyable or enriching experience. Yet tens of thousands...

Work-Life Balance: Is it Possible to Work Part Time in Big Law?

Both the legal industry and large law firms are paying increasing lip service to the idea of "work-life balance." Although work-life balance is rarely defined in concrete terms, it seems to express a fuzzy notion of having time to fulfilling career obligations without compromising the people...