I worked at Cole, Scott & Kissane full-time (More than a year)
You will gain tremendous experience right away at CSK, and for the most part, will be taught the right way to do things. You will learn civil procedure and a basic overview on how to litigate - the ins and outs, the do's and don'ts. This is invaluable in the long run.
As a young/rookie attorney, if you can find a good group of attorneys to bond with. it will help make the experience at CSK be a positive one. You also will get an opportunity for solid mentorship if you are assigned to the right team and direct-boss.
The starting pay is fairly strong for young attorneys, which gets you off on the right foot with building a financial platform in life post-law school. A plus is that the pay increases year-by-year, but the salary growth is slow, despite the work and responsibility growing.
CSK suffers from a hollow business model, which becomes transparent very quickly.
The agenda is to bill, bill, bill, with practically no consideration given for attorneys' personal lives and work/life balance. The billable requirement is excessive (starting at 200 hours per month), and personal lives are placed in distant backseat. The Firm's "PTO" is an example of this: attorneys are still expected to meet their billable quota for the month/year, even when vacation is taken. This counterintuitive policy makes vacation less than optimal, which is aggravated by the fact that you will really need a vacation from working so hard to meet your high billable requirement.
This aside, CSK offers short-sighted long-term opportunities for young lawyers. The "Partner" structure at CSK is comical and insulting, as the so-called Partners do not receive any equity in the company, and see no leap in their pay. Instead, Partners are merely given a title, and the firm benefits by billing the Partner out at a higher rate. A "Partner" at CSK is really a glorified associate who never made the right move to seek greener pastures.
Advice to Management
CSK's business model is not sustainable as economy continues to improve.
I applied online. I interviewed at Cole, Scott & Kissane (Bonita Springs, FL) in July 2017.
I was asked when I wanted to schedule an interview. I scheduled it the next day. I wrote a thank you note. And received a reply back. I felt really good about the interview. I am excited and expecting to find out soon. I will let you know if I get the job.
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