QI’m a third-year litigation associate who, for my first two years, did a lot of bankruptcy work. I’m not so sure I want to be a partner, but I also don’t want to have to leave the firm. I hear that Special Counsel is a decent gig, though for most associates gunning for partner, I understand it’s a pretty crappy consolation prize. For that reason, I’m a little loathe to ask current special counsel at my firm how they “got” their position.
AI’m a little confused. You’re not sure you want to gun for partner and you think being a Special Counsel is a crappy consolation prize . . . but you don’t want to leave the firm. Let me attempt to translate: you want to make partner, but you don’t think you will, and you’re not sure if being a special counsel is totally lame.
Assuming that’s your question, my answer is that it’s up to you. For some people, being a special counsel is the perfect job. You don’t have lots of client accountability and responsibility, yet you get to practice law at a fairly sophisticated level. You’re a valued, specialized “permanent associate.” If your ego can handle that (and you’re okay making 50% less than equity partners), it’s a great job. If you can’t, it’s the worst gig in the world.
PS: There’s really no need to ask your special counsel cronies how they “got” their position because the answer is always the same. They got passed over for partner.
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