HillandHollow wrote:Fellow/Adjunct Professor in a legal aid clinic doing post-conviction/habeas litigation type stuff.
We have several dozen clients all in various stages of litigation: investigation, discovery, impending hearing, whatever. In addition to the active representation, we also do amicus briefs and memos for use by the local bar, and I am working on some mostly unrelated academic writing.
Here is a typical in-office day:
6:30 am -- wake up, coffee, etc.
8:30 am -- walk to work (I have a car, I just got used to walking everywhere during law school)
9:00 am -- Meet with students/interns, make sure everyone has their tasks lined up for the day
9:30 -- Respond to emails/phone calls from clients and other attorneys
10:00 -- Work on briefs/responses/discovery, etc.
12:00-- Lunch, go for a walk, hang out with students in the clinic
1:00 -- More hands on with the students. Reading and editing their work, making investigation strategies, identifying legal arguments, etc.
3:00 -- Teach seminar
5:00 -- Respond to any calls or emails that came in since this morning
5:30 -- Work on briefs/responses/discovery, etc.
6:30 -- Home/gym/whatever
Since my example day was noticeably more chill than most, here is an updated version of my typical day during a recent month that was preceding a major hearing:
6:00 am -- wake up, coffee, quick in-home workout, etc.
7:00-8:00 am -- Respond to emails/phone calls from client, clerk, other attorneys (from home)
8:00-9:00 am -- Get to office, meet with students/interns, make sure everyone has their tasks lined up for the day
9:00am-12:00pm -- Draft responses to opposing motions/requests from court, etc.
12:00-1:00pm -- Meet with supervising attorney to make sure we are still on same page, plan today and tomorrow
1:00-1:30pm -- Lunch, go for a walk
1:30-3:00pm -- Teach seminar
3:00-4:00pm -- Hands on with students. Reading and editing their work in various cases, making investigation strategies, identifying legal arguments, etc.
4:00-4:30pm -- Respond to any calls or emails that came in since this morning
4:30-5:30pm -- Clerical and administrative tasks (fundraising for the org, event planning, time cards, etc)
5:30-6:00pm -- Dinner at desk, go for a walk
6:00-9:00pm -- Continue work on direct/cross exams, motions, grading student work, etc
9:00pm -- Walk home