Choosing between Working in Big and Small Firms: Consider These Factors

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Types of Private Practice:

One career option available to you upon graduation from law school is the practice of law in a private firm. Both large and small firms-each possessing their own set of distinct advantages and disadvantages and to determine if this is a viable option, there are various factors you should consider.
Choosing between Working in Big and Small Firms: Consider These Factors

Large Law Firms:

As a prerequisite to practicing for a major firm in a large city, you generally must graduate at or near the top of your law class and/or serve on law review. Since large firms receive a lot of resumes, they can afford to be very selective.

Large firms practice numerous types of law. Responsibility for each type normally rests with distinct departments such as antitrust, tax, or litigation, each striving to be the most productive in order to obtain a larger portion of firm resources such as promotion of associates and higher partner salaries. Associates are often allowed to rotate through the various departments until they find one they are especially interested in, at which point they are permanently assigned and can start to develop expertise in that particular specialty.

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