Up or Out: Why Litigation Associates Need to Make a Decision by Their Fourth Year

June 30, 2020

Inherent problems with the career path for Big Law litigation associates make it a necessity for young lawyers to plan for their future earlier than their firms do.

By Joshua Libling

Reprinted with Permission from The American Lawyer, June 29, 2020

The litigation associate track at Big Law firms is badly structured to the detriment of associates. The structural problems this article focuses on are not by design and are difficult to see until you are looking backward. My hope, therefore, is to give younger Big Law litigation associates that retrospective view before they reach the key decision points. If you have a better understanding of your future opportunities, you will be better positioned to plan for and take advantage of them.