The Wrong Job - Even in This Economy

New York Law Journal

I am a first-year associate at a small firm specializing in a few areas of commercial litigation. I am getting a lot of experience, but in areas of the specialty which I find boring, since the partners do not let associates have any of the work that I happen to find interesting, even though I was told otherwise upon being hired. To make matters worse, the pay is extremely low, the partners are verbally abusive and the firm is managed very poorly, with most policies made up as they go along, often leading to inconsistent treatment.

When is a realistic time for a first year associate looking to move to a small or mid-sized firm to start looking for a new job?