Sunday, June 10, 2007

Summer Update #1

Well, it's been a little over a month now since I walked out of the hollowed halls of law school to begin my summer. In that time I've managed to take a vacation, skip the write-on packet, do three weeks as a pampered summer clerk at a BigLaw firm, and re-acquaint myself with all of my favorite bars in Austin. Here are some observations:

1. We always say that law school is just like high school. But apparently the gossip factor stays with us even in our summer firms. Get a few (free) drinks in any of the attorneys at a firm event and you'll soon find out who slept with who in the legal world, which judges and politicians are on the take, and just about anything else you never wanted to know about the people holding JDs in the city you're clerking in.

2. One day recently I went to the restroom at my firm. There, in one of the stalls, I found a pen and a legal pad. This was a little disconcerting. While men may be notorious for taking some reading material with them to the restroom, it's not all that common of a phenomenon among women. To me, this indicated that whoever left the items needed to continue billing in so dire a way that they couldn't even take out a few minutes of peace to "do their business".

3. Current running total of drinks on the firm's dime since work started: 37, with two more drinking events anticipated in the upcoming week. Current running total of meals on the firm's dime since work started: 21, with six more anticipated in the upcoming week. My "significant other" has also enjoyed raking in the freebies, and I believe his total is an impressive 13 drinks and 4 meals without ever having to do a lick of work.

4. One thing I wish I would have paid more attention to in law school: how to look things up in the books as opposed to on Westlaw.

5. Things I enjoy most about working as opposed to law school so far: 1) the paycheck, 2) that when you leave the office, you're done for the day 3)different projects every few days.

So how are everyone else's summers going? Lemme hear your stories in the comments.


At 5:14 PM, June 13, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Went with the non-paying internship this summer (odd for a 2L), but so far it is exceeding my expectations. This week I just finished writing a 5th Circuit brief...doubt I would have had that opportunity at BigLaw or BigTex...


At 8:28 PM, June 18, 2007, Blogger angela said...

This post has inspired me to do my own summer update. Anyway... glad you're having fun. My summer is going pretty well.

At 6:35 AM, August 12, 2007, Anonymous Edgar said...

I'm sure you do realize however that once you actually start the BigLaw job that leaving the office will no longer mean you're done for the day, right? Or do things work differently in Texas? Is Texas a little slice of Blackberry-free heaven?


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