Tuesday, June 01, 2010

A Midsummer Day's Open Thread

Just want to create a more updated post for the readers to share their thoughts and gripes.  June is traditionally a slow month, so we let the commenters do their thing.  But June is also when you truly see the differences between each class. 

The grads are entering the full-blown panic phase right around now.  They thought they could catch up over the Memorial Day holiday weekend.  NOPE.  I'm tempted to continue the torment by sarcastically wishing them luck with keeping up with BarBri's schedule, but that's not really productive.  Instead I'll calm your nerves by reiterating that things do not start to come together until at least the end of this month.  It's normal to feel that things are going in one ear and out the other.

The 2/3Ls are probably craving a BLT instead of the fancy meals.  More substantively, hopefully they are learning more and more about the firm culture, perhaps even a hint of office politics while at the same time applying the limited skills acquired during law school in a real world setting.

The 1/2Ls are freaking out over grades and CLR.  In years past, the overwhelming consensus was that grades and CLR are small blips in what is essentially the start of a long career in this profession.  They are not worth the anxiety that surrounds them.  The economy may have tipped the scales a bit, but I'm not sure the underlying theme is any less valid.  Use the summer to learn things, open your eyes outside of the law school setting, make contacts, etc.  There are a lot of lawyers in California, but there aren't too many good ones.  You tend to run into the same cast of characters.  So the friendships and relationships you forge now, will come in handy in the future.  This is not saying that you should befriend people to use them.  Quite the contrary.  But I still keep in touch with my co-extern from 1L year, despite her dislike of the LOST finale.  At some point grades and CLR will take care of themselves. 

And finally, something to pass the time:  Can you name all nine active justices of the Supreme Court?

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I keep thinking Warren Burger and Felix Frankfurter are still on the court, but that's probably because I'm hungry.

6/01/2010 1:20 PM  
Blogger Armen said...

One of my favorite quotes from WF was about Justice White: "He was Frankfurter without the mustard."

6/01/2010 1:27 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

What'd people think of Edley's letter? I like his frankness and enthusiasm, as usual. It prompted me to donate (and thus to learn that there's a 3x matching program in place through June 30th for the classes of 05-09... that's a great deal!).

6/01/2010 5:11 PM  
Blogger McWho said...

I thought it was the right balance between "we are doing alot" and "please help."

I do wish there was a bit more of a plea for help regarding recent grads...alot of our classmates are still looking for a job (not just public interest people).

6/01/2010 7:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What's an "alot"?

6/01/2010 7:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Will grades come before fucking August? It IS stressful.

6/01/2010 7:40 PM  
Blogger corsii said...

http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2010/04/alot-is-better-than-you-at-everything.html

@ 7:11 pm

6/01/2010 8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

7:40

Why are you stressed? What year are you?

6/02/2010 12:02 AM  
Blogger Matt said...

Clarence Thomas is the most well known Justice? How did that happen?

6/02/2010 7:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Matt - started with a pubic hair on a can of Coke

6/02/2010 9:37 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, collective wisdom, riddle me this: what shot, realistically, does an all-P 2L have at OCIP in the fall?

6/07/2010 9:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess us P's-ville proles can expect 0 callbacks through OCIP this year. I've given up hope and am furiously trying to find other ways to find a non-shitlaw job. Godspeed, my fellow P's ville-ers.

-PPPPPwnd.

P.S. What's with the CDO not putting anything up on 2009 OCIP? Also, still nothing on symplicity? Some, if not the rest of, T14 have already provided tentative lists of employers coming to their OCI.

6/07/2010 9:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Actually, I don't think that is true. I think if you have a good resume, even with all Ps you have a shot.

I mean, I had only one P on my transcript and I applied widely, did OCI to the max, had a few callbacks but no firm job.

Depending on your stamina, I would recommend still going for it. Just know you may have to work harder than others.

6/10/2010 11:00 AM  

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