rpupkin wrote:JCougar wrote:Even the best judges/lawyers end up coming to different conclusions on things. That's why you have stuff like circuit splits, dissenting opinions, battles between the legislature and the court system over what's constitutional, etc. The only thing you can really blame yourself for is slacking off and making some obvious mistakes because you put in 50% effort.
I don't want to speak for the OP, but "legal research" is not an area in which I (or most young associates) feel incompetent. Law schools actually do a decent job of preparing you for that part of the job.
The stress of the job generally does not come from a fear of "getting the law wrong" or something like that. The stress comes when, for example, a partner asks you to draft a discovery motion for a case. And you haven't worked on the case so you aren't familiar with the parties, the nature of the dispute, or the docs that have been produced so far. Oh, and you've never drafted a discovery motion before; in fact, you have only a vague sense of what "discovery" is. Oh, and the partner wants the draft by 9 a.m. tomorrow.
Trust me, you'll feel fucking incompetent. Yeah, on some level, you know it's the firm's fault not training you. And, on some level, you know that you won't get fired if you fuck up the assignment. But it still really, really sucks.
...but then you realize that you can copy and paste the vast majority of assignments from past examples and massage them a bit without complaint from the partners