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Breaking into BigLaw

Everyone always talks about how to break into BigLaw. If cheesecakes77710/24/18
Well Harvey Specter was his firm's cleaner! dilemma201810/25/18
No. They will not hire their janitor into their multinationa billcarson10/24/18
They will totally hire their janitor to clean up their multi therewillbeblood10/25/18
Of course they will hire you as an associate. They can see h wallypancake10/24/18
A janitor probably knows more than a first year associate... irishlaw10/24/18
What if I spend a lot of time cleaning the managing partnerâ cheesecakes77710/24/18
There was the guy who intervened to save some BigLaw partner ejs201710/24/18
Is it this one? https://abovethelaw.com/2017/05/mee t-the- onehell10/24/18
Thanks for the clarification. I remember the story but it w ejs201710/25/18
so on a DC friday night people get attacked and best down in whiteguyinchina10/24/18
Hell it might work. I like your odds trying the janitor rou themapmaster10/24/18
Here’s another take. Become a janitor and get your law deg greenhorn10/24/18
Maybe if cleaned the partner’s toilet really well then heâ cheesecakes77710/25/18
cheesecakes777 (Oct 24, 2018 - 10:19 am)

Everyone always talks about how to break into BigLaw.

If I become a janitor at a BigLaw firm, will they hire me as an associate later. Keep in mind that I want to be on the Partner track. Not really interested in being on the non-equity Partner track.

What do you think? Crazy enough to work?

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dilemma2018 (Oct 25, 2018 - 12:34 pm)

Well Harvey Specter was his firm's cleaner!

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billcarson (Oct 24, 2018 - 12:01 pm)

No. They will not hire their janitor into their multinational mergers practice. Law is a prejudicial, sexist, and classist profession. Sorry.


This works in tech, sales, and the like—if you have the skill.

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therewillbeblood (Oct 25, 2018 - 11:03 am)

They will totally hire their janitor to clean up their multinational mergers practice.

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wallypancake (Oct 24, 2018 - 1:07 pm)

Of course they will hire you as an associate. They can see how your experience sweeping the floors translates into structured finance. Those hours you spend cleaning the mensroom display strong acumen for the litigation group. What's more, your mopping skills are probably unmatched, similar to your courtroom demeanor. You have the inside track over a doc reviewer, for sure.

Thanks for trolling.

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irishlaw (Oct 24, 2018 - 1:11 pm)

A janitor probably knows more than a first year associate...at least they know where the printers are located.

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cheesecakes777 (Oct 24, 2018 - 1:17 pm)

What if I spend a lot of time cleaning the managing partner’s office and listen in on his conversations?

That way, if he has a legal problem that he can’t solve, I can swoop in and figure out the answer and impress him.

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ejs2017 (Oct 24, 2018 - 3:16 pm)

There was the guy who intervened to save some BigLaw partner from a mugging, I think it was in D.C. The guy happened to be a law student or young lawyer and the partner was so elated that this guy saved him from being mugged which would have prevented him from returning to his office that the partner overlooked the guy's lack of proper pedigree and offered the guy a job at his firm. I don't know how it turned out (the job may have been in the firm's basement coding documents) but that's another approach. "No good deed ... ."

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onehell (Oct 24, 2018 - 6:02 pm)

Is it this one?

https://abovethelaw.com/2017/05/meet-the-d-c-law-student-who-came-to-the-rescue-of-a-biglaw-partner/

If so, it doesn't sound like the partner offered him a job. Rather, he said that he was "nudging" the student in the direction of being a federal prosecutor, as if that was something that any JD could just "decide" to do.

So if that sums it up, well case in point. Sounds like the partner might make a call or two to some old friends at DOJ which might or might not lead to anything, but that's about it.

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ejs2017 (Oct 25, 2018 - 10:46 am)

Thanks for the clarification. I remember the story but it was from a different source. Act of selflessness and heroism for BigLaw partner all for naught, I guess. So OP is back to working his way up from janitor. Keep up the great posts, by the way. I usually lurk and I enjoy your insight. Hopefully some of the "future-JDs" who make their way here seeking guidance are taking your insight to heart. I wish JDUnderground would have existed before I took the plunge. I direct all of those contemplating law school to start here first.

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whiteguyinchina (Oct 24, 2018 - 6:31 pm)

so on a DC friday night people get attacked and best down in public?

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themapmaster (Oct 24, 2018 - 7:37 pm)

Hell it might work. I like your odds trying the janitor route more than spamming big law firms with cover letters explaining how your “trial” experience in child custody cases has prepared you for commercial litigation.

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greenhorn (Oct 24, 2018 - 8:39 pm)

Here’s another take. Become a janitor and get your law degree (if you don’t already have one), then form a union for all janitors that work at law firms. Demand better pay, benefits etc, if demands aren’t met. Strike. Eventually all the big law, law firms will give into your union demands. Become union president. Profit !

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cheesecakes777 (Oct 25, 2018 - 9:52 am)

Maybe if cleaned the partner’s toilet really well then he’ll be super impressed and take notice of me.

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