Interning behind 2 federal clerks

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Interning behind 2 federal clerks

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Apr 21, 2011 1:07 am

I somehow managed to trick a super desirable semi-boutique firm in my small market to hire me for a paid gig 1L summer. It also continues through 2L year and historically, through 2L summer and often ends up in an offer after graduation.

This is all great, but there is a problem. The two students ahead of me (this firm typically does 1 intern per year) have federal clerkships lined up. The 3L has a term position (and also other ridiculously stellar credentials) and the 2L for a summer position with an ultra-rare externship, but this means the 2L won't be around to offer advice for me this summer. I am likely in the top 10-15% of my class but certainly an underachiever compared to my predecessors at this firm. I am losing sleep. Need advice/encouragement/whiskey advice.

TL;DR: I am following two wicked smart kids and am terrified that I am undeserving of this opportunity. Has anyone experienced something like this? Other than giving it my best, any other advice?

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Re: Interning behind 2 federal clerks

Postby Ty Webb » Thu Apr 21, 2011 1:12 am

Grab some confidence and don't be a pussy.

This is serious advice.

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Re: Interning behind 2 federal clerks

Postby Renzo » Thu Apr 21, 2011 1:19 am

You frighten easily, and may need medication for pathological anxiety.

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Re: Interning behind 2 federal clerks

Postby Aqualibrium » Thu Apr 21, 2011 2:21 am

+1 to both responses above. Do your job, ask questions, meet deadlines, don't get smashed during working hours.

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Re: Interning behind 2 federal clerks

Postby Norwood » Thu Apr 21, 2011 3:28 am

relax, the firm hired you because they feel that you're capable of doing the job, not because you TRICKED them. The firm will take you under their wing and mentor you throughout the summer. Take advantage of being paid and receiving the experience.

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Re: Interning behind 2 federal clerks

Postby 2LLLL » Thu Apr 21, 2011 5:06 pm

Maximize the factors you can control and don't worry about the ones you can't.

Applied to this situation -- you can control your performance working for the firm, and you can (to some extent) control the alternative options you have to this firm for post-grad employment. You cannot control your predecessors.

Recommendation -- work your butt off and do OCI to get another offer in your pocket. If they aren't willing to make any kind of assurances based on your 1L work, leverage your alternative offer to a firm where you are more likely to be hired following graduation.

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Re: Interning behind 2 federal clerks

Postby patrickd139 » Thu Apr 21, 2011 6:21 pm

OP: are you really so beta that you're questioning your ability to perform a job that you've not even started yet because the people you're working with have achieved something impressive? Sack up.

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Re: Interning behind 2 federal clerks

Postby zomginternets » Thu Apr 21, 2011 8:56 pm

Srsly. Managing to trick the super-desirable semi-boutique firm into hiring you as a paid 1L already shows that you have half the skills necessary to succeed.

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Re: Interning behind 2 federal clerks

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Apr 22, 2011 11:01 pm

Thanks for the positive feedback on the four-beers-in post. I'm gonna crush this shit.

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Re: Interning behind 2 federal clerks

Postby patrickd139 » Sat Apr 23, 2011 12:24 am

Anonymous User wrote:Thanks for the positive feedback on the four-beers-in post. I'm gonna crush this shit.

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Re: Interning behind 2 federal clerks

Postby Anonymous User » Sat Apr 23, 2011 12:55 am

Not a bro, not a soristitute slayer, not a guido....

But yeah, FIST BUMP.

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Re: Interning behind 2 federal clerks

Postby patrickd139 » Sat Apr 23, 2011 8:45 am

Anonymous User wrote:Not a bro, not a soristitute slayer, not a guido....

But yeah, FIST BUMP.

Eh, it was one of the first non-Obama fist bumps to come up that wasn't a cartoon or something.

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Re: Interning behind 2 federal clerks

Postby Renzo » Sun Apr 24, 2011 12:22 pm

patrickd139 wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:Thanks for the positive feedback on the four-beers-in post. I'm gonna crush this shit.

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I always wondered what happened to Slater from Saved By The Bell.




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