Real World Brief Practice

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corporatelaw87
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Real World Brief Practice

Postby corporatelaw87 » Thu Mar 10, 2011 3:39 pm

When you are actually an associate at a law firm (let's say midlaw to biglaw), would you actually ever write and research a brief by yourself? Or, is there always other people (maybe 1 or 2) at the firm helping you?

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Re: Real World Brief Practice

Postby corporatelaw87 » Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:49 pm

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Re: Real World Brief Practice

Postby patrickd139 » Fri Mar 11, 2011 12:00 am

I hate it when people bump a thread instead of thinking through their obvious question logically.

It depends on what type of environment you practice in, and how long you've practiced, and how good a writer you are, and how important the brief is, and whether you have experience in the topic area, and how many members of the firm are working on the brief.

For example, if you're a first year associate at a firm with 500 attorneys, working on a litigation team that's filing a 12b6 motion on a case worth $100k that's due in a month, you're probably not going to do a lot of writing, much less anything that goes directly from your computer to the court clerk.

If you're a 10 year seasoned litigator in a mid-market town writing a brief in support of a motion in limine that's due next week and your law firm consists of you and a few other attorneys, you'll probably write the whole thing.

Every time you vary one of the factors in the second paragraph or add another factor, the answer to your question changes.




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