I currently clerk for a personal injury lawyer at a small plaintiff's firm. Technically I believe this falls into the realm of what I hear is called "shitlaw." But I am learning a lot about how to take cases through state/federal courts and how pleadings work among other potentially useful knowledge.
Many of the defendants are corporations, big-pharma, insurance companies, doctors, etc. repped by the national/regional biglaw defense firms....the kinda firms I might want a shot at for 2L SA or out of law school.
Maybe I'm being paranoid but I've had to send a few letters to these firms as part of my work assignments and signed my name. Some of the cases I felt were of low merit but valid nonetheless. Does this burn any bridges?
I understand opposing counsel usually treat each other professionally and respectfully and leave the issues of cases out of it in personal dealings, but do they ever sometimes hire one other later on?
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My experience in pre-LS shitlaw actually came up as a talking point during my interviews, and was generally regarded as a positive because it showed 1) interest in the law and 2) I was working while I was a full time student.
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