In these turbulent times, you must always be on your best behavior at Big Law — even during those rare hours when you are outside of the office. You work with hundreds of other Cogs, partners and staff, many of whom you have never met. So even when you think it is safe to let loose, kick back or go crazy, someone is always watching and — these days — looking for any excuse to reduce the payroll.

In an effort to help you survive the type of out-of-office encounters that can lead to social awkwardness at best and a career-ending faux pas at worst, I’ve compiled the following set of hypothetical questions to guide you during these troubled times.

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