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The Pros and Cons of Working in a Law Firm

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So, you're thinking of working in a law firm rather than in government or a corporation after you graduate law school. Most law students eventually end up practicing law in a law firm.

This article will look at the advantages and disadvantages of working in the two broad categories of law firms: large and small. These categories are somewhat arbitrary, of course — a New York firm with 150 attorneys in the office may well be a smaller firm there, but in Denver a firm with 150 attorneys is large.

Large Law Firm Advantages

A primary advantage of large law firms is that they generally attract the most complex and challenging work. Because of high stakes in major litigation and large transactions, clients in these situations often want to draw from the vast legal and administrative resources of a large firm. In particular, huge international firms are gaining a lot of work because of the "full-spectrum" services they can provide to large multinational corporations.

Because large firms attract big clients and complex work, large-firm attorneys often enjoy an additional advantage — namely, they often rub shoulders with nationally or locally respected attorneys, law firms, businesspeople, companies, government employees, politicians, and government agencies.

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