Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Summer associate success- the basics

In the spirit of passing along some of the wisdom that I, and others, have gleaned over our summer associateships, here's a brief list of what you can and can't do, when looking for an offer at Biglaw.

Things you can do and still get an offer
  • Make many, many sexually inappropriate comments in front of, and about, partners
  • hook up with a lawyer's girlfriend
  • hook up with a lawyer
  • hook up with a paralegal, in the office, on your desk
  • get so drunk that you have to get taken home
  • access confidential personnel files "accidentally"
  • Jump into the Hudson river in your underwear (last summer's all-star story)
Things not to do if you want an offer:
  • Start ranting about "the Jews", then, when asked to leave, tell the lawyer "I have a knife in my pocket, and a gun in my car, which will it be?" (Paul Hastings LA)
  • Go down to New Orleans to help out Habitat for Humanity as a pro bono project, then get completely trashed, get arrested, and have your firm bail you out of jail. (Proskauer Rose [NY?])
That's really about it. Getting an offer is really that simple. Hey, if I can do it, anyone can!

Monday, September 18, 2006

Lovin that 3L life

Man, being a 3L is the best! Well, relative to being a 1L I suppose. Instead of that crushing sense of defeat, you're crushing beer cans on your head. Instead of that terrible feeling of doom, you're watching the terrible spinning ceiling in your room. Last week I went to 2 out of my 8 classes. I still haven't bought half of my books. I'm drunk at least 8 hours a day, asleep for at least 10, and watching TV the rest. Good thing I'm paying 35k for this. Of course, I'd still rather be a summer associate!

Monday, September 11, 2006

9/11 remembered

CNN pipeline is showing their coverage from 9/11/2001 realtime all day today. So far it's been fascinating, 5 years later, to watch the day develop. Take some time to check it out.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

It's alive!!

Thank god, blogger started working for me again. I've been so lonely. Let the fun return!