Anonymous User wrote:TripTrip wrote:I won't comment on the bid list, but I do want to address backgrounds and practice groups real quick. Backgrounds are a great way to start a conversation about why you are interested in a particular area of law. But that's it. Attorneys assume you have no working knowledge about practicing law in your particular area of interest and will roll their eyes if you try to convince them otherwise. My background screams white collar criminal defense (I used to conduct internal investigations) and my firm has a huge WC practice, but when I first got here they put me on pharmaceutical patent litigation because that's where the work was.
0L here (pls don't hurt me), but I have a question: does this apply for tech people as well? I'm interested in some GP firms for their patent lit practice. Should I not expect to be put in patent lit during an SA? Would it be better to apply to boutique firms that only do patent work if that's all I'm interested in?
You should just go to a firm that does a lot of patent lit. If the firm does a lot of it, there's a good chance you'll get to do some. Be careful of patent lit boutiques though. If you go to work for a troll you may be conflicted out of biglaw for the rest of your career.
As for neruoticism, your time would be better spent reading course outlines than perusing the EIP thread on TLS, which is saying something.