Anonymous User wrote:I'm definitely in the slow boat too: it takes me hours to get through cases on Westlaw and to pull out what I think is relevant. Maybe this is litigation-specific but I feel like I've been given issues where I can search forever and still won't find an on-point precedent. I'm not sure if it means I'm not framing my searches correctly or just missing something entirely, but it's a little frustrating to keep going back to my assigning associate and go, "There's no direct authority but this is kind of sort of related."
Anyone else worried that they're perceived as both inefficient and antisocial? I couldn't go to two major summer associate events this week because I wanted to do a good job with the research, and I'm at a firm that definitely emphasizes going out and integrating yourself into the social life.
Sorry, /anon whine.
I'm definitely on the slow boat. I think we all are.
Also, try not to get discouraged if you don't find things directly on point. Usually, if it was that easy, the firm wouldn't be handling the case or you wouldn't be asked to write something about it. Read closely and try to draw reasonable conclusions.
But you really should go to the events. Unless it is absolutely impossible. If you think you need to skip because of a deadline, tell the person that you are working with. Just say: "I wanted to let them know there is a summer associate event soon. I know work comes first and I'd be happy to stay and work on it, but I just wanted to keep you in the loop." They'll usually tell you to go to the event. And you get bonus points for communicating with them.
If you skip the event and don't tell them, that's the worst of both worlds. No socializing and it reflects poorly on your communication. Don't do it.
If you don't have something due immediately after/during a social event, just come in early or stay late to get caught up. A few summers have gone back to the office after a social event. It's not ideal, but again, it is better than missing it.