Tips from the Practitioners Series: Practice in a Large Firm

By Dodi Walker Gross, L’ 82
Partner at Reed Smith LLP

Well, what is a large firm?  It depends on the location of the firm and how many offices the firm has.  The Pittsburgh Business Times rankings in January 2013 showed the largest local multi-office firms had anywhere from 268 Pittsburgh lawyers (Reed Smith) to 66 Pittsburgh lawyers (Burns White).  Some pros and cons to consider about “Big Law Practice”:

Pros:
Lots of resources
Many smart lawyers with experiences across a broad range of practice areas
Can navigate your own path, with lots of options

Cons:
Figuring out the resources
Can be intimidating
Need to be a self-starter

This series is written by members of the Career/Employment Committee of the Duquesne Law Alumni Association with the intent to provide helpful job search tips and suggestions for students and alumni.

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