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DwightSchruteFarms
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Intimidation in Biglaw

Postby DwightSchruteFarms » Wed Jul 11, 2012 2:22 pm

I am currently a biglaw SA and everything seems to be going well. My work-product is well liked and my personality fits my firm. However, whenever I get an assignment, I always have a habit of looking at the opposing counsel's bios and their education and I can't help but get intimidated by attorneys from very prestigious institutions. I read their work, sometimes, as if it is black letter law, thinking to myself, "Well, if someone from Harvard thought this, then it is probably right." I know that is obviously not the case, and in many instances this summer, I been able to find holes in such arguments. But does anyone else share this sentiment or sometimes feel this way? FYI, I go to a T2 (LR, Moot Court, etc).

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Flash
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Re: Intimidation in Biglaw

Postby Flash » Wed Jul 11, 2012 2:27 pm

I go to a top school and I'm an idiot. There are plenty of other idiots at top schools.

Don't be intimidated if they truly were brillaint they wouldn't have gone to law school.

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Re: Intimidation in Biglaw

Postby JusticeJackson » Wed Jul 11, 2012 2:45 pm

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L’Étranger
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Re: Intimidation in Biglaw

Postby L’Étranger » Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:39 pm

Be intimidated by your educational debt. Going to a highly ranked law school is not an achievment worthy of inducing your effacement.

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Re: Intimidation in Biglaw

Postby underdawg » Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:10 pm

associates usually write the briefs and the partners edit and stuff. in my case, i've seen plenty of shitty briefs from opposing counsel and i'm sure their partners are very prestigious and whatnot

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Re: Intimidation in Biglaw

Postby Bronte » Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:33 pm

It seems strange to be intimidated by opposing counsel when you're a summer associate. You're not the one that has to worry about the outcome of the case. The high-level strategy is all being decided by share partners and senior associates. I just worry about doing satisfactory work and being liked by by colleagues.

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Re: Intimidation in Biglaw

Postby markman » Wed Jul 11, 2012 9:47 pm

You will get over it quick. Only a matter of time.

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Re: Intimidation in Biglaw

Postby buckilaw » Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:14 pm

Flash wrote:I go to a top school and I'm an idiot. There are plenty of other idiots at top schools.

Don't be intimidated if they truly were brillaint they wouldn't have gone to law school.


Credited.

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Re: Intimidation in Biglaw

Postby ben4847 » Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:16 pm

buckilaw wrote:
Flash wrote:I go to a top school and I'm an idiot. There are plenty of other idiots at top schools.

Don't be intimidated if they truly were brillaint they wouldn't have gone to law school.


Credited.


I go to HLS, and 90% of this forum thinks I'm an idiot.

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Re: Intimidation in Biglaw

Postby dixiecupdrinking » Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:29 pm

ben4847 wrote:
buckilaw wrote:
Flash wrote:I go to a top school and I'm an idiot. There are plenty of other idiots at top schools.

Don't be intimidated if they truly were brillaint they wouldn't have gone to law school.


Credited.


I go to HLS, and 90% of this forum thinks I'm an idiot.

That's just because we haven't read your briefs, dude.




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