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  • I Might Get an LL.M.

    I am a second-year associate at a mid-sized firm in litigation.  The practice is fine, I guess.  The money is pretty good.  My boss is...

  • Legal Cheerleader

    I’m a first year at a Big Firm, and I’m close to going nuts. I know I’m supposed to be thrilled to even have a...

  • I Wonder if I’d be Better Off at a T1 or T2 Law School

    Regarding future job prospects, is it better to go to a second-tier law school where I would be at the top of my class, or...

  • I Want My Chance at a Top Firm

    I read your advice to the 2L at a second-tier school in the top 40% of his/her class looking for a Cravath-type job (9/29/08: I’m...

  • I Don’t Want to Make Partner

    QI’m a third-year litigation associate who, for my first two years, did a lot of bankruptcy work. I’m not so sure I want to be a...

  • Five Reasons Being a Lawyer is Great Now

    Bitter Lawyer is back at it with Bitter Numbers, and we go positive with our five reasons being a lawyer is great. Now, at least....

  • I Lost my Partner Mentor

    QI work in the litigation department of a large law firm.  As in all large firms, the partners are aggressive and don’t have time to...

  • Duty (Never) Calls

    My supervising partner comes into my office and says, “Might need you this weekend.  Be available.” I get it—it’s part of my job.  But this...

  • I Don’t Want to Buy Raffle Tickets

    It’s back-to-school raffle ticket season.  I don’t want any goddamn raffle tickets.  The prizes always suck, and I never win anyway.  Two secretaries have asked...

  • I Want to Switch Secretaries

    My secretary is a disaster. One of my supervising partners has an awesome secretary.  She has an opening on her desk, and I’m thinking of...