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11 survival tips for first-year associates

Even many summer associate positions fail to provide a realistic picture of what it is like to be an associate—or worse, they intentionally paint a false picture. After years of living through, talking about and guiding others through this process—including doing so formally as part of our firm’s associate development committee—we thought we would pass along some tips to the next generation of young associates.

Afternoon Briefs: Cravath tops this ranking; 2 court victories for transgender youths

Cravath tops Vault rankings

Vault has named its most prestigious law firms in America, based on a survey of associates at peer firms. The top five in the 2022 Vault…

Lawyer tweets that minorities don’t have to feel guilty about BigLaw career, garnering over 1,200 likes

A Hispanic lawyer who works as a public defender apparently struck a nerve when she offered some career advice on Twitter.

After a soft recruiting season for 2021 summer associates, new cycle appears ‘off to a rollicking start’

Fifty-six percent of law firms reported making fewer offers for summer 2021 programs compared with summer 2020, according to data released Wednesday by the National Association for Law Placement.

New data shows lateral associate hiring happening across the board

Lateral hiring for associates increased in nearly all practice groups in the first quarter of 2021, with data privacy, entertainment and media and insurance practices showing the most activity, according to a legal data company.

Survey finds decline in lawyer well-being, particularly for early-career respondents

Nearly half of lawyers responding to a Bloomberg Law survey said their well-being declined over the first quarter of this year—and the problem was even worse for junior lawyers.

Afternoon Briefs: Justice Thomas questions federal pot law; Jones Day pay case dropped

Justice Thomas questions government’s ‘half-in, half-out’ pot stance

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said Monday the federal government may no longer have the authority to intrude on the states’…

Former BigLaw associate is accused of recording more than 2,000 hours on closed pro bono case

A former associate at Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith is facing an ethics complaint alleging that he recorded more than 2,000 annual hours on a closed pro bono case and earned a $12,000 bonus as a result.

More than 270 associates have left New York’s 10 most profitable law firms this year; where did they go?

The majority of associates who left New York’s 10 most profitable firms this year stayed in BigLaw, often jumping to firms in the tech sector, according to an analysis by Reuters.

Afternoon Briefs: Dechert associate wins ‘Jeopardy!’ and fans’ hearts; judge sides with hospital requiring vaccines

Dechert associate wins over Jeopardy! fans

Dechert associate Julia Markham Cameron won over Jeopardy! fans with her quirky facial expressions during an appearance earlier this month in which she…

After Milbank raises associate salaries, Davis Polk goes higher and many follow

Several law firms followed Milbank’s lead when it announced Thursday that it was raising pay for associates for the first-year class and for those with the most experience. Then Davis Polk & Wardwell announced Friday that it was topping the Milbank scale.

Milbank, the first law firm to raise associate pay in 2018, makes a new move; will others match?

Milbank, the law firm that was first to raise associate pay in 2018, announced Thursday that it is raising pay for first-year associates to $200,000.

Afternoon Briefs: McDonald’s faces Illinois privacy suit; NYPD accused of violating graffiti artists’ rights

McDonald’s sued over voice recognition software

McDonald’s is accused of violating Illinois’ biometric privacy law by using voice recognition software to recognize repeat customers at drive-thrus. The suit, filed in…

Making connections is top concern for summer associates, and many want in-person work

The three most desirable law firms to land a summer associate position with are Latham & Watkins; Kirkland & Ellis; and Skadden, Arps Slate, Meagher & Flom, according to a white paper published Monday by Law360 Pulse.

What associates have to know about making a lateral move to a new market out of state

The days when attorneys remained loyal to one firm for decades are, for the most part, long gone.

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