Fresh Prince wrote:Are you guys really complaining about working nights and weekends? For 3,000$ a week? This is called a summer job for a reason. Yes, we try not to "inconvenience" you by giving you work at bad times, but that's really more of a gift from us than an expectation or entitlement you should have. And when you work full time, you can sure as hell expect to work on nights and weekends. Might as well get ready for it now. This isn't a summer vacation.
I'm the poster who mentioned the anecdote of having 200 pages for cross-checked dropped on me at 10:30 p.m.
Perhaps I should've mentioned that the attorney who gave me that ended up not even touching that assignment the next day. Perhaps I should mention that last summer, if you include the (approximately 20) hours I got to mark down for SA meetings/training that we had with recruiting during the course of the summer, I was on track to bill 2600 hours for a full year because of the assignments I happened to get pulled on to throughout the summer (I was in M&A, if you couldn't guess). If you think that's what was normally expected for a SA, you're delusional. For all the chest-puffing that people on here do once they're in biglaw, every junior/mid-level presently in biglaw had cakewalk summers compared to what many firms' c/o 2011/12 SAs had. Numerous partners routinely talked about the absolute joke of an experience people in pre-ITE classes had, but how SAs are now often working as hard, or harder than, many juniors.
My summer was great experience, and I'm really glad I got to see what it was actually like before heading in this fall. I was on a large number of assignments that routinely kept me there after midnight that were perfectly legitimate, but I'd hardly consider myself entitled for finding a 10:30 p.m. cross/grammar/spelling check to be a pretty shitty assignment for an SA when the associate just went home to get a good night's rest. I also find it rather amusing that juniors are so quick to take the hardass line of "If you don't like it, go elsewhere" approach after cushy wining & dining they received during their summers.