Friday, February 02, 2007

The good, the bad, and the ugly

The do-gooders of UT Law had the public service career day today, and I couldn't help but notice the conflict of the students who are ok with less cash and informal workplaces in exchange for being honorable humans walking around in spiffy, expensive-looking suits, while the big-law, high salary obsessive were so hungover from bar review that they tended to resemble drag rats.

Ah, law school.

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At 8:31 PM, February 02, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

What do you mean by drawing that comparison? Is it that if you aren’t at law school to do big firm work and make embarrassing sums of money that, one somehow shouldn’t take their future jobs seriously? Or are you saying that is a good thing, that those getting paid those sums were hung over. Nice little backhanded compliment post you have there. You must feel very satisfied with yourself.

 
At 9:43 PM, February 02, 2007, Blogger The Lioness said...

Well, I was attempting to make fun of the big law crowd. Perhaps I just ended up insulting everyone. Oh well.

 
At 8:15 AM, February 03, 2007, Blogger Debaucherous ?L said...

Why is it that the go-to "zinger" of every whiny person I have ever met is: "You must feel very [insert word] yourself." Favorites among the group seem to be "good about," "proud of," "impressed with," etc.

Ironically, this is the same sort of "backhanded" compliment that was ridiculed.

Hi pot, I am kettle.

 
At 9:30 AM, February 03, 2007, Anonymous Dagny said...

Wow. Anon, got some insecurity issues about working for the public interest that you'd like to share with us? Obviously you need to reevaluate your own prerogatives if you feel this threatened by a joke.

 
At 10:54 AM, February 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm not sure I agree with your analysis, Dagny. The post implies that the usual order of things is that the PI students are usually hung over and look ratty while the law firm types are on the ball and ready to go. That is a fairly insulting thing for someone to say, and given the attitudes of a lot of people at the law school, I don't think it's necessarily a joke.

 
At 11:02 AM, February 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Damn. People aren't usually this moody till finals.

As someone who WENT to the career fair and plans to do public interest, I found the post funny, and saw it exactly as she said--making fun of big law people. Perhaps if you had seen the multitudes of hungover people that graced 1L classes on Friday, you would more throroughly understand the humor. Yet why everyone gets so up in arms over a blog is still beyond me.

 
At 11:11 AM, February 03, 2007, Blogger The Lioness said...

Jeez people. The point of the post was simple: many people who are facing the impending hell of being starched and pressed into the fashion prison of suits everyday for the rest of their lives looked like hell Friday morning. Sweatpants, scruffy beards, you name it. And this was put even more on display by the people who were doing the career fair, because they all looked great. That is not to say that the public interest crowd doesn't usually look great, but that their level of dress drew even more attention to the level of undress of certain other classmates.

If you all have lost the ability to even laugh at hungover classmates anymore, perhaps you all should lay off the coffee.

 
At 1:32 PM, February 03, 2007, Blogger Hawk McGee said...

As Dagny can probably attest, people seem to lose all sense of irony, sarcasm and humor when a flip comment comes too close to home.

Personally, I've been meaning to jab at the people who bragged about their mock interviews as if they were real, and [coming soon] the peacock-like strutting that accompanies Spring OCI...

 
At 5:04 PM, February 03, 2007, Anonymous Dagny said...

Hawk-
I agree!!! I have a class with a number of 1Ls this semester and the strutting is ridiculously funny! I overheard one guy bragging about a mock interview and saying he expected an offer from that interview because it went so well... and this is a firm that I know for a fact isn't actually hiring 1Ls!!

Anon-
You know you've messed up in the logic department when I'm defending Lunch's logic over yours. You took 1 and 2 and added them to make 3. Lunch took 1 and 2 and never added anything, just compared the number 1 to the number 2. The moral of this story is that you should stop practicing addition (your own biases, desires to be insulted, etc). Yup. It's a good moral.

 
At 7:08 PM, February 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dagny,

Just because I wouldn't let you hook up with me the other night doesn't mean that you have to insult my logic. I know it's hard when you feel unpretty.

 
At 8:29 PM, February 03, 2007, Blogger angela said...

I probably would have been a part of the latter category, haha.

 
At 9:34 PM, February 03, 2007, Anonymous Dagny said...

Anon-

OMG was that, like, a personal insult? Am I like, supposed to, like, die because you like, think I'm, like, not pretty enough for you to stick your tongue down my throat??? What if, like, I'm in a stable and like, caring relationship, like... am I still supposed to be hurt?

ARE YOU KIDDING ME? HOW OLD ARE YOU??? For future reference: If the best you can do is throw it down to a base sexual level and attempt to insult me based on my physical appearance... you might have already lost the argument. Just sayin'. I don't think a judge will respond very well to "Your honor, opposing counsel is just jealous because I got the girl in the bar last night!"

 
At 11:15 PM, February 03, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

So...hit upon a nerve there, huh?

I didn't think it was actually possible, but I'm glad to have succeeded.

 
At 12:15 AM, February 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

went to the public interest fair wearing a hair shirt, velvet bell-bottoms, and air jordans with purple spats. I will attend any Spring OCIs I manage to land in a terrycloth housecoat that has been doused in malt vinegar, capped with hush puppies on springs to serve as novelty antennae. Mock me all you want, but the vinegar does wonders for the sinuses.

 
At 8:30 AM, February 04, 2007, Anonymous Dagny said...

You got me. You triggered my "Dagny, why the hell are you arguing with this idiot!" nerve. It's the one that pops up whenever school ground level insults are thrown into a conversation. Coincidentally it also happens when a man takes it upon himself to think that the equivalent of a woman questioning his judgment is for him to demean her physical appearance. Just sayin'.

 
At 12:54 PM, February 04, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

lol, I said one comment and people end up getting mad at each other. wow arguing on the internet. priceless

 

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