btw....does this commercial make anyone else die laughing? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sS1Ky0smjiQ
When me and my roommate first saw that commercial we were cryin laughin
So all is well.
Again, each gig is slightly different but what usually happens is you get annual reviews at the end of each year you are an associate, and speaking for my gig, as you approach your 5th year you get some type of partnership track review where they assess your overall contribs to the firm, what the partners would like to see more of, where your book of business stands, etc. Then at our gig, in your 8th year as an assoc you revisit whatever was laid down during the year 5 review and if you've met it then you likely become a partner after year 8, if not then you get the boot. In rare cases, instead of getting the boot you can remain on as "of counsel" like Michael Clayton and just sit back in the cut and keep collecting paychecks, but I think you have to have a unique niche in the firm for that it seems.
Those are the basics. I didn't really know any of that when I was a law student so I'm assuming most of you are at least kinda fuzzy on it. Without any more specific questions I guess I'll stop right there for now.
Folks don't know enough about biglaw to ask questions about it. Undecided I'm curious about your average day as a 1st year associate. Do you have the old heads in and out of your office dropping stuff off for you to do like an intern or are you pretty much on your own?
So this is technically somewhat off topic, but I just wanted to give a warm thanks to all the BLSD folks who helped me out (under a different profile) during this cycle. I just got accepted to Harvard today, and if it wasn't for the advice I received on this thread I would never even have applied. So, special shoutouts to MCB, pikey, GoldenAfro, and A.