Anonymous User wrote:look, you're at a firm for around 10 weeks. you're not doing either the amount or level of work required as an associate. there's really no excuse for fucking up even one assignment.
I don't know about that, man. That's assuming that every lawyer who ever gives a project to a summer is always absolutely right that the project is at the right level for the summer and feasible to do in the time required. One bad review shoudn't sink someone. People make mistakes, especially law students who are freaking the fuck out everyday that every word they type or conversation they have is being scrutinized.
+1. I don't know shit about practicing law, and most lawyers don't exactly go out of their way to provide feedback and help SAs grow. Say I did something wrong for Lawyer 1, but he doesn't care and corrects it himself, doesn't say anything, and gives me a great review. I do the same thing for Lawyer 2, and he rips me a new asshole because of it. Is that my fault? No way.
And I know that you young associates can vouch for some partners being really laid back and others being irrational, hyper-critical, etc. If there is a major issue with work (dude can't write, comes to the wrong conclusion in a memo, etc.), then we've got issues, but one bad review really shouldn't sink an SA, especially if the other reviews are solid and the summer fit in well at the firm.
I do agree with Fresh Prince though... I don't doubt some people got screwed, but some of the people claiming to have gotten screwed probably just didn't pan out, and should really think critically about why they had the result they did.