The Declining Value of a Midlevel Associate

Matthew Richardson Columns, Lawyer 17 Comments

As a mediocre midlevel at a top law firm, I haven’t really considered plans for my “future.” I always sort of let the tide take me to this place of bitterness. However, many of my friends are starting to make “plans.” Actually, it seems like most of them have already mapped out their lives. Of my closest 4 friends from …

Share this Post

From the Archives: Five Monsters You Meet In Law School

Bitter Vault Columns, law school, Lawyer Leave a Comment

For some of us, law school was a horrifying place, filled with terror and dread. Fortunately, there’s Halloween—a time when we can collectively put our fears out in the open and (hopefully) conquer them. So, in honor of Halloween, Bitter Lawyer is revealing the spooky truth about real law school monsters. From the Archives: Five Monsters You Meet In Law …

Share this Post


Network During Summers Off From Law School

Mr. Law School Lawyer, Video 9 Comments

It is summer time! Besides heading to the beach, looking for chicks, partying, beaching it up, and boozing, you should be networking. Networking key to having a successful legal career. Summer is the perfect time to start setting up your future client roster, so don’t party too hard! This is a brand-spanking-new episode of Mr. Law School about how he …

Share this Post

Bitter News, Week of July 4th, 2011

Bitter Newsroom Lawyer, News & Views Leave a Comment

Here are your headlines from the Bitter Newsroom, where we don’t leave our $100m ATM receipts lying around: The Supreme Court cut through the crap and stated, unequivocally, that video games are art and subject to full First Amendment protection. We in the Newsroom applaud this decision for a number of reasons: Now a violent action game like Doom can …

Share this Post

Should I Transfer to a T1 Law School?

Ex-Bitter Columns, Lawyer 6 Comments

QI just finished my first year at T3/T4 law school located in the Northeast. I am currently ranked in the top 3% of my class. I entered the school with a full-tuition scholarship which I don’t imagine losing. My question is whether I should be transferring to a higher ranked school. I’m hesitant about taking on $100,000 worth of loans …

Share this Post

The 7 Less-Deadly Sins of Summer Associating

C. Hank Peters Big Legal Brain, Columns, Lawyer 7 Comments

It’s a little-known secret that I was a big firm summer associate at Dorsey & Whitney in 1971. For two weeks and three days. So, while Bitter Lawyer already has a solid list of the Nine Summer Associate Don’ts, it doesn’t cover the less deadly sins that often apply to people like me and you. For that, I have my …

Share this Post