howlery wrote:LaBarrister wrote:howlery wrote:cinephile wrote:I'm going to answer your original question:
If you're really an extrovert, I imagine biglaw would be difficult, particularly in the first few years. How many hours can you work alone at your desk just doing due diligence or legal research or writing? If you can get by for hours and hours on end without going crazy because you need human contact, then you might not be an extrovert but this job is for you. My experience from my 1L summer job taught me that I need too much interaction to sit at a desk and do this kind of work all day every day.
Not to hijack whatever this thread was, but is this really what biglaw is like? I've read that extroverts tend to do better because of networking and shmoozing, being able to bring in business etc. whereas introverts think they can make partner by isolating themselves and working on their product (which apparently doesn't work?).
This was my idea. Anyone can work his ass of for hours on end. But the real cream of the crop must be able to persuade people, connect with them, and build contacts through networking--it doesn't matter what field you're in, this should always be on the agenda. Thank you for pointing out the obvious to Mr. KnowItAll lol
Well, to be fair, we're both 0Ls and cinephile has at least worked in biglaw as a 1L SA. She also qualified that at senior levels one's extroversion could be a benefit.
I don't understand. How can one get good enough grades to get into a good enough law school to get into a BigLaw firm, and only then find out that he/she didn't like sitting at a desk for hours on end every day. Isn't that what it took to get to that position in the first place, over many years? How on Earth did you land BigLaw without already having lived a lifestyle of sitting at a desk all day? I feel like I am missing something here.
Even if you majored in something trivial in undergraduate, you still had to put in the time and effort in law school to get the law grades that qualify for BigLaw, and only in BigLaw did you realize you didn't like doing that work? I am completely lost.
Cinephile, I didn't mean to be so abrasive earlier. Could you please explain this to me?