Richie Tenenbaum wrote:Anonymous User wrote:This is that anon.
I've had experience working in a law firm before (this summer, 1L, is my 4th summer working at a firm).
So I do have some basis for it.
Not saying you don't, but it might induce some eye-rolling for an associate or a partner to have someone who's been a summer associate (or summer college intern) talk about how passionate they are about litigation because of their summer work. I'm completely clueless as a 2L summer associate--the only thing I know is that what I'm doing during the summer is not very representative of what it is like to be an actual associate. (I sincerely doubt even the firms with the reps of having the more realistic summer program experiences are very like actual real life practice.)
I am at one of those "most realistic" summer programs, 90% of my assignments are researching topics supporting current/pending litigation in various stages. Usually a secondary argument that they don't want to devote a lot of time to when the brief/motion is due in a few days. I wouldn't go as far as saying I am experiencing actual real life practice personally, but my assignments/schedule follow the deadlines of the actually attorneys who are writing/submitting the motions and briefs, and I can see what real life daily practice is like as a litigator. I am certain that I now have a decent grasp of what litigation practice is like for a junior, both highs and lows. I was lucky enough to help out on some doc review, and I don't think it's very bad if it's not all you do. I think if you are on 2-3 cases and only one is in discovery, doc review is a decent way to bill some steady hours, as long as you are at other stages for the other cases so it's not all you do.