My Life at a Big Firm:  Week 4

I just finished my fourth week of work. This upcoming Monday, I will change practice groups from Labor and Employment to Environmental. I'm excited to do something different, but also a little anxious all over again. I've spent the last three weeks getting to know the attorneys I've worked with, learning their preferences and styles and basically just trying not to screw anything up. Now I get to start the process all over again! I'm excited though because it will be an entirely new area of the law, with different assignments and different issues. Also, I've met a lot of…

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My Life at a Big Firm:  The First Three Weeks

My name is Laura, and I recently started at Bryan Cave LLP in St. Louis, Missouri. Bryan Cave has over 800 attorneys in 15 offices worldwide, the largest office being in St. Louis with around 275 attorneys. My summer class consists of 22 other summer associates from a variety of schools. All of these numbers totaled up to one feeling the night before I started: utter panic. How was I going to fit in? How was I going to keep track of things like client matter numbers and billable hours? What are client matter numbers and billable hours?! I was…

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