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feeling dumb at summer internship

Postby Anonymous User » Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:10 pm

I am working hard and asking questions but I just feel so dumb at my internship. I am so unsure of what I am doing. Anyone else feel that way?

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Re: feeling dumb at summer internship

Postby Renzo » Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:18 pm

Oh, you Generation Y'ers and your need for constant, incessant, feedback and reassurance.

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Re: feeling dumb at summer internship

Postby fatduck » Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:20 pm

Renzo wrote:Oh, you Generation Y'ers and your need for constant, incessant, feedback and reassurance.

get off my lawn

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Re: feeling dumb at summer internship

Postby poprox » Mon Jun 13, 2011 11:41 pm

no. I'm getting to do everything (client interviews, drafting motions, writing letters, doing research, writing memos, etc), and I really like it. I definitely don't know the law extensively, and I'm (relatively) unfamiliar with legal practice, but what can employers expect? We are but law school students.

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Re: feeling dumb at summer internship

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jun 14, 2011 12:01 am

Anonymous User wrote:I am working hard and asking questions but I just feel so dumb at my internship. I am so unsure of what I am doing. Anyone else feel that way?


Yup.

You're probably come across as less dumb than you think you are. At least this is what I keep telling myself. |:

Also, if it's not the kind of job that leads to an offer, try not to worry about it too much? You should always try and make a good impression but it's not like these people are going to get tons of calls asking how awesome you are.

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Re: feeling dumb at summer internship

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Jun 14, 2011 1:50 pm

Don't worry. I feel super dumb/useless as well. I've completed the two projects assigned to me and am literally waiting for something else to do, as my boss flat out told me he doesn't have anything else for me to do and hasn't had time to read what I've done yet...

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Re: feeling dumb at summer internship

Postby NotMyRealName09 » Tue Jun 14, 2011 9:59 pm

You will feel incompetent. Welcome to the law.

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Re: feeling dumb at summer internship

Postby Bronte » Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:01 pm

At first I felt like I was the man but then I got an assignment that whooped my ass. At one point I got so overwhelmed that I had to get up and just walk around in circles in my office. Eventually I pulled something together that at least looked like a memo at 75% zoom.

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Re: feeling dumb at summer internship

Postby thickfreakness » Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:06 pm

I roped in a couple of big new clients and I'll be starting as an equity partner when I graduate in two years.

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Re: feeling dumb at summer internship

Postby warumnicht » Tue Jun 14, 2011 11:08 pm

I vacillate between having what I like to think are moments of research brilliance and feeling completely stumped. I'm currently working on two assignments that have no applicable case law, and even secondary sources are limited to a couple of sentences.

In making their hiring decisions, do firms take stock of the fact that some of the assignments are pretty darn difficult and your best isn't necessarily enough? Partners have told me that they're asking me to look for a possibly non-existent needle in a haystack, so I shouldn't be too disappointed in myself if I don't find anything, but it's hard not to feel like you're sub par...

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Re: feeling dumb at summer internship

Postby traehekat » Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:30 am

warumnicht wrote:I vacillate between having what I like to think are moments of research brilliance and feeling completely stumped.


this

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Re: feeling dumb at summer internship

Postby Borhas » Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:36 am

it's called learning, it's supposed to feel that way

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Re: feeling dumb at summer internship

Postby Br3v » Wed Jun 15, 2011 1:38 am

Has anyone mentioned anything to you? If not I would imagine its mostly in your head.

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Re: feeling dumb at summer internship

Postby TTH » Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:45 pm

Currently feeling dumb because I can't find an answer to a question, but to be fair, I don't think the answer exists.

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Re: feeling dumb at summer internship

Postby goodolgil » Wed Jun 15, 2011 3:48 pm

warumnicht wrote:I vacillate between having what I like to think are moments of research brilliance and feeling completely stumped. I'm currently working on two assignments that have no applicable case law, and even secondary sources are limited to a couple of sentences.

In making their hiring decisions, do firms take stock of the fact that some of the assignments are pretty darn difficult and your best isn't necessarily enough? Partners have told me that they're asking me to look for a possibly non-existent needle in a haystack, so I shouldn't be too disappointed in myself if I don't find anything, but it's hard not to feel like you're sub par...


It doesn't help that a lot of the research assignments they throw at you are about shit they couldn't find anything on when they looked and them hoping you'll find a needle in the haystack.

Well, at least it's happened to me.

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Re: feeling dumb at summer internship

Postby Danteshek » Wed Jun 15, 2011 4:15 pm

Call the westlaw research attorneys.

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Re: feeling dumb at summer internship

Postby TTH » Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:02 pm

Danteshek wrote:Call the westlaw research attorneys.


That shit's actually helpful? Hmm

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Re: feeling dumb at summer internship

Postby Doritos » Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:04 pm

TTH wrote:
Danteshek wrote:Call the westlaw research attorneys.


That shit's actually helpful? Hmm


They have been known to build a search for you and then email the terms to you.

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Re: feeling dumb at summer internship

Postby Borhas » Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:41 pm

TTH wrote:
Danteshek wrote:Call the westlaw research attorneys.


That shit's actually helpful? Hmm


they will literally do your work for you

(wtf else are they going to do all day long?)

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Re: feeling dumb at summer internship

Postby merc280 » Wed Jun 15, 2011 6:44 pm

Borhas wrote:
TTH wrote:
Danteshek wrote:Call the westlaw research attorneys.


That shit's actually helpful? Hmm


they will literally do your work for you

(wtf else are they going to do all day long?)



here's to outsourcing work.

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Re: feeling dumb at summer internship

Postby TTH » Wed Jun 15, 2011 7:11 pm

But won't they bill the shit out of the firm for that?

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Re: feeling dumb at summer internship

Postby thickfreakness » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:18 pm

TTH wrote:But won't they bill the shit out of the firm for that?


Nope. It's included as part of the service. You can do it in law school, too. Our ref librarians at the firm are pretty good and can help you build effective queries/strategies as well.

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Re: feeling dumb at summer internship

Postby Moxie » Wed Jun 15, 2011 10:25 pm

Anonymous User wrote:I am working hard and asking questions but I just feel so dumb at my internship. I am so unsure of what I am doing. Anyone else feel that way?


This is what happens when you're doing something new or unfamiliar. It's fine, just ask questions when you need to and make sure you're following instructions.




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