piccolittle wrote:Just finished first week of SA. How bad is it to screw up on an assignment for a practice area you definitely aren't going into and won't take any assignments for again? Working on a really interesting project but I'm finding it difficult.
It's important to realize what you will be judged on and what you want. A lot of training at a firm can come by giving you an impossible task, then giving you comments/direction to correct it.
It's painful, but it's clearly sometimes the nature of the beast.
Screwing up an assignment tends to mean inexcusable neglect: rushing something that shouldn't have been rushed (sometimes, at least as an associate, you do have to shoot from the hip though), blowing a deadline without communicating in advance, ignoring instructions, failing to ask important and obviously important questions, taking the wrong attitude (lazy, bored, frustrated, too good for the work, etc.).
But just doing something wrong despite putting in a good faith effort on a good faith time table? Welcome to the rest of your life. This stuff is hard, and law school generally doesn't prepare you at all for the challenge at hand.