As a new lawyer in the litigation section of a huge firm, I often felt like more was expected of me than I could handle. Learning the ropes of the office, logging billable hours, getting involved in the bar association, and having some sort of work/life balance: it was enough to make my head spin. There was also my firm’s emphasis on pro bono work, which was not required but highly encouraged for all attorneys, especially associates. I was told it was a great way to get your feet wet as a young lawyer, get involved in the bar, and give back, all at the same time.
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