Sometimes I try to keep certain tips for Big Firm survival to myself. I mean, if you don’t know that it’s inappropriate to get plastered at the managing partner’s retirement party and start cussing loudly at the catering staff about the shrimp being too small, then I would rather you let your inner jerk out without my intervention. I do not want to be blamed for coaching you to survival. Self-destruction is not always a bad thing. And there is something to be said for the survival of the fittest in the Big Law Firm environment.

But my softer side usually wins out, and I end up spending my free time revealing all my insider tips to those bored enough to read them.

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