It’s hard to believe, but it’s already been a full year (!) since I started as an Associate at a big law firm. In reflection and celebration of these last twelve months, I’ve compiled a list of the top 18 tips that I hope to pass on to the next class of incoming Associates.

Some of the tips below can be applied to work settings outside of the law firm, while others are specific to big law. …


It’s that time of year again! 3Ls everywhere are either enjoying their last semester of school ever or scrambling to learn all of Securities Regulation in the few days before finals. And somewhere in the back of their minds, the black box of bar prep looms in the distance.

I graduated from law school in May 2018, sat for the California Bar Exam in July, found out that I passed the Friday before Thanksgiving (a cruel joke of timing played by the State Bar every November), and was sworn in as an attorney in December.

As the first person in…


As the first person in my family tree to attend law school, I didn’t have the luxury of pursuing higher education debt-free. However, I know I can, and will, make a positive impact in the world, and I see my debt as a reflection of how much I believe in myself to make this happen. And at the end of the day, I’m willing to put in the time and effort to make the financial investment worthwhile.

If you’re thinking about whether you should go to law school generally, click here to read my first post.

Otherwise, read on for…


A little about myself

My name is Irene and I’m in the final year of my JD at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. I’m also pursuing a Master’s in Social Policy at the School of Social Policy & Practice here at Penn.

I’m a first generation law student and a child of Korean immigrants. I grew up in Los Angeles Area, moved to San Francisco Bay Area during high school, and have been based in Philadelphia since college. In college (also Penn…sensing a bit of a trend here) I majored in Political Science with a concentration in American Politics. I worked and interned…

Irene Hong

Silicon Valley attorney and proud child of Korean immigrants. Visit my blog at irenehong.co for more content!

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