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Current Law Students / Large Firm Good Training for Solo Practice?
« on: June 08, 2007, 06:24:15 PM »
I'm interested in practicing in a medium/large firm early in my career and possibly going out on my own several years later. I know that at the big firms, while the money is great, the experience is not that great in the first few years. I've heard that young associates are often stuck doing stuff like "document review."

In contrast, at a smaller firm, I would be more likely to get better experience, so that I might be more likely to succeed when I go out on my own.

I'm going into my third year of law school. I'm not a top school, but I'm on Law Review and my class rank is pretty good. I missed out on BIGLAW this year, but I might have a shot at it in the future (e.g. after working at a midsized firm for a couple years or after doing a clerkship). I also just completed an internship at my state's appellate court, and I will be interning in my state's federal district court this fall, so I might have a decent chance at getting a good clerkship.

I've been working really hard trying to get into a large/medium firm. I'm wondering if it's even worth it to put in that same effort this coming fall, seeing as going into a smaller (e.g. 40-attorney) firm might be a better option for someone interesting in a solo practice.

Anyone have any advice on this?

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