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About Marissa Geannette
Marissa Geannette is a writer and lawyer living in New York City. She graduated from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law in 2009 and spent eight years working as a Biglaw corporate associate. After leaving Biglaw, she started to write about her experiences there on what began as an anonymous blog called “The Unbillable Life” (www.theunbillablelife.com). Slowly, the blog morphed into a bigger, non-anonymous blog, where she continues to write about all things Biglaw and life after leaving it. Her first book, “Behind the Biglaw Curtain” is the culmination of many years of hard work, both during her time at the law firm (where she learned the skills and lessons in the book) and after (when she finally sat down to put those experiences into words).
Marissa spends her days writing while wearing comfy workout gear (whether or not she plans to go to the gym), happy that she no longer has a closet full of business casual clothes. For any questions or to share your story, you can reach her on her blog or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Broken down into 25 easily digestible chapters, this book will serve as your guide throughout your junior associate years. With advice ranging from the importance of working with people at the firm of all levels (from the paralegals to the senior partners), to understanding what it means to bill your hours and how to do this the right way, to owning up to and handling your mistakes, to taking a vacation (there is an art to this in Biglaw), to learning how to play the game that is Biglaw, this book will show you how to get ahead.
This book is for law students looking for information on what it is really like to work in Biglaw and who want to prepare for their first day on the job. Law school can only prepare you so much; what you need is information from the inside on what is expected of you once you enter the working legal world.
It is for those Biglaw associates out there who are struggling with the day to day demands of the job, as well as those who are already excelling but who want to take their careers to the next level and become even better at what they do.
And it is for Biglaw senior associates and partners, too, who haven’t been junior associates for many years. Think of this book as a refresher course for you. Are you assuming things about what your junior associates should know how to do, but they keep disappointing you by not meeting your expectations? This book will help you understand (again) what it was like to be a junior associate and what things they still need to learn. (Alternatively, you can just give your junior associates a copy of this book and tell them to read it and implement the advice – you’ll definitely be pleased with the results.)
Marissa Geannette was an associate at a top-20 international Biglaw firm in New York City for eight years and in this book she draws on that experience and gives you practical tips on how to become an outstanding Biglaw associate. No matter your ultimate career goal (whether it is Biglaw partnership, paying off your student loans and finding another legal job, or something else entirely), this book will help you navigate those first few years of Biglaw when it can sometimes feel as though you aren't doing anything right. With this book in your hand, you'll know you're doing everything in your power to make it in Biglaw and beyond.