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General Board / Re: Type of sport coat for summer associate?
« on: May 16, 2009, 11:50:46 PM »
Not events, just daily use.  I guess our dress code is pretty much slacks/sport coat/tie.

My firm is in a somewhat "trendy" area.  Lets just say it's not exactly your old school Southern firm.

Thanks for your help.  Any tips on what fabrics I should avoid?  I'm guessing wool is usually the way to go?

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General Board / Type of sport coat for summer associate?
« on: May 16, 2009, 02:55:30 PM »
I know sport coat/wool slacks/dress shirt is pretty much the standard for most law firms.  But is there a specific kind of sport coat a summer should wear?  I know for interview suits there were all kinds of "requirements" for # of buttons/colors/material...what about sport coats?  Pretty much anything (besides ridiculous colors) goes?  Can someone post a few pictures of what good sport coats would be?

Thanks in advance!

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General Board / Re: Where Can I Find MID-LEVEL FIRMS?! (Not on NALP.)
« on: November 10, 2008, 08:57:56 PM »
^Very true about Texas having more mid-size firms. 

I'm not sure about the litigation thing though.  The California mid-size firms have similar practice areas to big firms (and about split 50-50 for litigation and transactional).  The Texas ones might be more litigation focused. 

Your midlaw = 30-150 lawyers?

I'm not sure what I would consider "midlaw."  I posed this question in another thread and nobody answered.  I would say 30-150 is a fair definition though (and roughly the definition I used when referring to Texas and California mid-size firms). 

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General Board / Re: Where Can I Find MID-LEVEL FIRMS?! (Not on NALP.)
« on: November 10, 2008, 03:41:26 PM »
^Very true about Texas having more mid-size firms. 

I'm not sure about the litigation thing though.  The California mid-size firms have similar practice areas to big firms (and about split 50-50 for litigation and transactional).  The Texas ones might be more litigation focused. 

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General Board / Re: Where Can I Find MID-LEVEL FIRMS?! (Not on NALP.)
« on: November 10, 2008, 01:25:22 PM »
I actually think there just aren't many mid-size firms (if that's what you mean by "mid-level").  Once a firm grows over about 50 attorneys, it becomes more likely to get taken over by a big firm.  So you end up with a lot of big firms and a lot of 5-10 attorney firms. 

In San Francisco, for example, I'd guess there are only about 5 firms that are 50-150 attorneys. 

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Studying and Exam Taking / Conlaw 2 supplement?
« on: October 27, 2008, 10:56:21 PM »
Any good suggestions for a Conlaw 2 supplement?  Pretty much anything that will help with free speech and/or equal protection analysis.  THANKS!

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Law Firms / Re: So what exactly qualifies as BIGLAW?
« on: October 23, 2008, 07:48:01 PM »
What about midlaw?  I'm guessing that's based less on prestige, and more just any firm 50-250 attorneys?

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2L job search / Re: Help me pick between 2 firms PLEASE
« on: October 15, 2008, 11:14:32 PM »
^Thanks, that's very helpful.

Your comments about the practice areas actually make this even tougher. 

If Firm B were excellent at their 3 areas, and Firm A was just "good" at all 10 of their areas, this would be over.  But Firm A is easily top 3 in the state in a couple areas (and practice areas that are very, very stable).  Firm B only has 3-4 practice areas, but isn't OUTSTANDING at any of them.  A couple of those areas also might be cyclical (estate planning, real estate, M&A, general business litigation).

But with that said, Firm B, while young, has had pretty solid and consistent growth over the last 10 years.  And I guess the fact that they haven't cancelled their summer program (or even made it smaller) this year says something. 

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General Board / Re: PLEASE help me decide between 2 firms
« on: October 15, 2008, 06:23:56 PM »
I don't quite follow.  Should I just ask an associate if management is up front about the financials of the firm?

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General Board / Re: PLEASE help me decide between 2 firms
« on: October 15, 2008, 05:29:10 PM »
One for Firm A, one for Firm B.  I told you I'm exactly 50-50 on this.


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