Sonia Sotomayor’s Career Secret!

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01/15/2013 by loyolalawcso

Despair not if your summer associate job with Big Law was a disaster. Though she graduated from Princeton University summa cum laude and later served on the Yale Law Journal, U.S. Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor did not always have a smooth ride in her career. In her new memoir (My Beloved World), she makes a startling confession—the kind that most lawyers would dread to make. The New York Times reports:

After her second year at law school, Justice Sotomayor spent a summer working at a prominent New York City law firm, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. The vast majority of summer associates at big law firms in those days received offers for full-time jobs, but she did not. She called the experience “a kick in the teeth.”

I don’t know if her experience at Paul Weiss soured her to big law firms, but Sotomayor never worked in Big Law again. After graduating from Yale in 1979, she worked as an assistant district attorney in New York under Robert Morgenthau, then joined Pavia & Harcourt, where she was eventually elected partner.

Via The Careerist,

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