liLtuneChi wrote: quakeroats wrote: liLtuneChi wrote:
You're one year into law school. You can barely distinguish between dissimilar firms and still cling to the litigation/transactional dichotomy. It's a tad too early to nail down your heart's desire.
I've actually done extensive mock trial in college and loved doing moot court in law school. I enjoy researching and crafting written arguments. I also enjoy oral arguments. The competitive aspect of litigation is also another draw for me. I enjoy competing and winning. That is what I mean when I say I'm a litigator at heart.
You won't be doing anything that looks like a trial for a long time at the firms you listed (with very few exceptions), mostly because trials are rare, but also because junior associates aren't trusted with an issue important enough to make it to trial. The most you can hope for are pro bono trials and good luck billing more than 150 hours a year of those. Oral argument is largely dead in practice and there's almost no way you'll get to do any of that before you're a decade in
. Vague interest in competition isn't any more helpful. The issues you'll work on are so small and directed that "winning" isn't possible. All you've done so far are academic exercises well apart from the practice of law. Think on things a bit more.
at Susman it'll be possible or other litigation boutiques
I'm sorry that my high aims and goals are unrealistic to you but I do plan on not waiting 10 years before actually doing extensive trial work or appellate......hence the reason I plan to continue to get high grades and put myself in the best position possible to choose from among these highly selective firms that give young associates much more responsibility that larger more highly leveraged firms
I can't believe you put a rant about leverage in the same sentence as a bid list that includes: Cravath, Sullcrom, Cleary, and DPW.
If you want to really do trial work at an early level, you need have more low-leverage litigation shops. Throw in: Irell and Patterson Belknap, and also WilmerHale. If you want to do appellate practice, you need to apply to more of the DC appellate shops: Gibson DC, Kirkland DC, Sidley DC. You need to seek out advice from some other folks because your bid list is *completely* wrong if you want appellate practice. See: viewtopic.php?f=23&t=120472
Note, appellate practice is not a given with your stats. It's not out of the question, but into appellate practice you're going to need to have solid execution at OCI, then gun for a COA clerkship.