smaug wrote:Can you comment on p side work now that a couple of weeks have passed? Still too early to talk about what it is like?
I'll take a crack at it. A few first impressions:
- Less operational support. I have no secretary so I have to handle all administrative/clerical tasks myself. This is similar to how life was as a clerk (my judge hired an extra clerk instead of having a judicial assistant) but starkly different from my biglaw job, where I'd delegate tons of tasks to my secretary.
- Flat structure. In biglaw, I never had any interaction with the partners who litigated the case. Instead everything I did was funneled through the hierarchy before it reached the partner. I'm not sure if the partners even recognized me. Here, all of my interaction is with the partners-in fact, there are more partners than associates in my office.
- Less waste. In biglaw I had about a week of orientation, and then a week or two of messing around in the office as I waited to be staffed on a matter. Here, they put me immediately to work on my first day-and it wasn't BS work.
- More responsibility. It's not out of goodness of their hearts, but P lawyers run lean operations and squeeze the most out of their employees. I was immediately asked to interview witnesses and develop case strategy. Nobody ever asked me to do that in biglaw.
I'll probably have more thoughts as time goes on.