rpupkin wrote: PeanutsNJam wrote: Anonymous User wrote: foregetaboutdre wrote:
PeanutsNJam wrote:This firm is having a summer draft a MSJ?
I had the same initial thought. I know firm websites mention this as SA work example, but given its nature makes me think the firm NEEDS OP to do a shit ton of work.
I work at a lit boutique. We give our summers motions and such to draft.
We pay them market though, so we're not OP's firm.
You give your summers MSJs? Not all motions are equal.
Hey all: as lolwat suggested, just because a firm gives a summer a MSJ (or an appellate brief or another case-dispositive motion) doesn't mean that the firm is counting on the summer to churn out something useful. At my firm, we sometimes give summers assignments like this precisely because it will take a lot of time; that way, we don't have to think of a half dozen small projects to give them during the week.
If the summer actually produces something we can work with, all the better.
On a note of general positivity, and obviously I'm just a summer, but I'm actually quite surprised and impressed by how well all the associates have given me work that seems to be "useful," but definitely in no way "essential." I don't think I'm being too careless when I say that I've drafted a few written pieces and had a "this is really useful, thanks!" and a few "actually, we were really hoping more that it would look like this..." and no one seems bent out of shape about it. You almost don't even need to say "no" to things, I just say Associate X has me doing A, and Associate Y has me doing B, when should I get this to you? Half the time they just say hey, don't worry about it at all, and it doesn't seem like a big deal. And when the associate guts half my memo, but the other half gets circulated to the group in some form in the end anyway, I figure it can't be too bad. Actually, TLS had me believing that this summer would be doing nothing of any significance, like I'd be mostly eating and not on active matters at all, but I'm definitely learning a lot about how this office works and such.