PinkLotus wrote:Anyone else realllly nervous about their very first legal job? Scared of messing up. I feel like I don't enough to make a substantial contribution, lol. What should I do to prepare myself in the span of time between finishing the writing comp and the first day of work? Sorry, this sounds really silly and insecure.
expect to mess up. As a 1L, it was expected that you messed up, although they wont tell you that( at least in the beginning). Be professional( dont cry, dont make excuses, etc) and take their critiques as what they are, an alternative teaching model/tool. I remember that although I did well in LRW, one of my submissions came back with a ton of ink on it- not because I was wrong, but because i didnt write how they were used to someone writing.
just meet those deadlines, and when you ve a question, no matter how big or small ( especially in the beginning), ask it. Even if you get the response and you go " I shoulda known that, geez" to yourself, its better to be sure, than to guess.
and for those who dont have anything lined up yet- a lot of ppl dont hear until march or april. its nervewracking, but its common.
and use your student acount for lexis/ westlaw