Anonymous User wrote:Wow does time fly in a law firm.
My experience thus far:
So far I've been coming in around 8:30 and leaving by 6:30.
Because I am summering at my #1 dream firm, working in the law firm has been both terrifying and absolutely satisfying. First day I walked down the hallway and introduced myself to several neighboring attorneys. I am not a very social person, but I am proactively asking attorneys for lunch dates and going on every social event scheduled. I am also taking every chance to meet attorneys. I do not want to have a day where I each lunch alone at my office.
Today, I lost a few hours of work after I stupidly overwrote a folder with an empty folder from my USB. I was tired. Thankfully the material is still fresh in my head.
Initially my firm gives out 2-3 assignments in the beginning, but then they indirectly encourage us to seek work. Yesterday I received my second assignment from a 5th year associate asking me to analyze an issue the associate didn't think the contract addressed. After reading the contract, I realized the associate overlooked a provision that directly addressed the issue. I was happy that I caught the issue, but I was sad that I didn't get to analyze it.
I was nervous that I was running out of work, so I solicited a few partners I met at a previous networking firm event for more work. They all replied. Now I'm nervous that I took on too much. I have about 4-5 matters I'm working on with a few short deadlines. One of the matters is extremely complicated, due by the end of tomorrow.
The most difficult part is not being overwhelmed and finding a way to systematically produce excellent work so that partners come back to me for more assignments.
I am working extra hard because I feel I am under qualified. I shouldn't have received an offer at this firm because my credentials are on the lowest end of the spectrum of the firm's attorneys, despite being above top 10% at my school.
Wow, you sound almost like me during my 2L SA summer. I will give you the constructive criticism that was given to me in my exist/offer interview: have more self-confidence.
Don't worry so much! And when you are asked if you're available for more work (because if you do a good job these associates/partners will give you more work), and if you are swamped or super busy, say "I have X, Y, Z on my plate due on A, B, C but I will be happy to work on your project as soon as I finish one of these. Would that work for you?" You're letting them know how busy you are while also not refusing work.