Top 5 Hobbies for Big Firm Associates

1Lawyering. You don’t actually do a lot of lawyering as a lawyer in a big firm, so hobbying as a lawyer is often a great way to get some genuine practice experience. Most hobbying lawyers hang out and meet clients at coffee shops, so scope out a local Starbuck’s for your hobbying headquarters. While you may think you are moonlighting, it’s technically not moonlighting if you hobby as a lawyer during regular business hours. Even if you do not get any real clients, it’s acceptable to say that you are heading out “to do some lawyering,” or, if pressed about your work at a cocktail party, to exclaim loudly that “yeah, I have to get off a will to one of my hobbying clients next week—that and a quick uncontested divorce.”

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C. Hank Peters ("Chank") is an attorney whose background includes a rural, small-town, solo practice in Minnesota. He uses his practice experience from the late 1970s to advise attorneys who want to establish a lean and client-focused legal practice. He is one of a few legal marketing attorneys online and remains the inspiration for the website Big Legal Brain.


  1. MagicCircleJerk

    July 28, 2011 at 10:29 am

    Only the co-parenting and lexting sections had any humor. C+ attempt

    • C. Hank Peters

      July 28, 2011 at 10:39 am

      Awesome. I did my own three-page debriefing and evaluation and came up with a solid C minus. But I preferred the shrimping hobby, which I’m still looking into. Interesting. But thanks for the passing grade. Better than how I did in law school.

      • BL1Y

        July 29, 2011 at 1:14 pm

        I thought this was pretty good, actually. In the top 85th percentile for Bitter Lawyer material.

        But, responding to criticism in the comments? There’s not really a good way to do that.

        I give the article a B, and your comment a D-.

        • Verna

          July 29, 2011 at 8:17 pm

          Who is this doosh, some kind of critic or law professor? I would not sleep with same.

  2. Quadoz

    July 28, 2011 at 11:46 am

    What happened to bar-hopping and whoring….maybe that’s more related to the cop side of my life.

    City Cop by Midnight, Rookie Lawyer by Day

  3. Guano Dubango

    July 28, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I do not have any hobbies, other than perhaps reading law magazines. Does that make me not well rounded? I am very busy trying to secure a mate, and that has, to date, not proven to be successful.

    Are there not any eligible pretty female attorneys willing to bear me 3 issue?

  4. Evil Lawyer

    August 1, 2011 at 6:48 pm

    Great. Let’s add yelling at kids to keep off the grass, bingo, polishing the chrome bumpers on the family Buick, and reruns of Lawrence Welk.

    I think we need a lawyer that does not nod off at 900pm to provide us with better advice. I know adding stamps to your stamp collection, scrapbooking and so on are safe hobbies for people that can’t stay awake past 9, but the rest of us are still up for advice on hobbies for the late night hours, like between 10 and midnight, as long as I can get home by 1230.

    I reccomend pro bono time spent shopping at Victorias Secret with a secretary, and learning about checkpoints and breathalizer tests to help poor young things that got a DUI.

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