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Pros and Cons of Working At a Law Firm

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Pros and Cons of Working At a Law Firm

Pros:
 
  • Opportunities exist for excellent legal training, particularly legal research and writing.
  • Resources are plentiful. You will probably have access to a secretary, a copy center staff, a library staff, and so on.
  • You will have opportunities to work with bright and accomplished lawyers.
  • The great salary helps minimize debt.
  • You will have high-profile clients and cases.
  • There will be opportunities to experience several areas of the law, including litigation, corporate, trusts and estates, tax, and real estate.
  • Travel is possible, including assignments to foreign offices.
  • You can engage in pro bono work.
  • There are free lunches and lots of summer social events.
  • You may get an offer for permanent employment at the end of the summer.
  • Law firm jobs are generally prestigious and look good on your resume.

Cons:
 
  • It's very difficult to get a job the first year; many of the top firms won't even look at your resume.
  • There are fewer opportunities for client contact.
  • You may be given less responsibility; it is unlikely that you will be handling cases on your own or appearing in court.

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