This Week: Stories from the Summer Trenches According to The Anonymous Lawyer, it's the part of the summer when the events at the law firms "get ratcheted up a bit in terms of expense," so that the firms can make "the final sales pitch" and get "a good conversion rate" on the offers they hand out. But what are the summer clerks saying about their jobs? To find out, keep reading . . .
- Lawyers as Paper-Wasters Beanie of Screaming Bean complains that lawyers print far too many cases (which, I should add, they probably don't read). About a request from a lawyer to print all her research, Beanie says, "I'll spend about an hour with the trusty printers and produce utter tripe. Yup, I love my job." (By the way, Half-Cocked has a technological solution to the problem, which I'm going to explore in more depth the next time I'm on Westlaw.)
- A View from Just Below the Bench Dubitante is clerking for a judge, and hasn't been impressed by the lawyering. About a week-long criminal trial, Dubitante comments, "Fairly miserable lawyering all around.” About a plaintiff's memorandum in opposition to a motion for summary judgment, Dubitante says, "The plaintiff may have a legal argument worthy of examination somewhere, but her attorneys certainly didn't shed any light on it.” Ouch!
- Don't Ask Pork Rind About Her Summer Pork Rind of Notes from the (1L) Underground complains: "I don't want to be your resource, and tell you how to look for firm jobs, or what the 'atmosphere' is like. Sniff some white-out, stay up till 3 AM and self-administer a few papercuts, that'll give you a good idea of the fucking atmosphere around here." (Important note: Make sure to read the entire post. It's a classic, in my humble opinion.)
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