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  1. NYCLawyer

    OCI screw up

    I wouldn’t note the “correction,” just say it’s an updated resume. I’m not sure why you think it’s dishonest to call a typo correction an update. When people send drafts around nobody says “attached is an updated AND CORRECTED draft” if they fixed nits in addition to updates. This distinction exists only in your head, at least when talking about typos. If you say “corrected” people are going to say “wait, what, is there a substantive correction in here? What is it? Is the kid not in law school? Did he fail torts? Now I have to re-read this and figure out wtf is going on.”
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    Privilege is...

    Hmm. I fear that a faulty premise is leading to a faulty conclusion here. There’s no evidence that anyone who spends as much time on ls.ca as me, providence, or hoju is inclined to working very hard. Which means I would much rather focus on the me who was predestined to waste my day here than the one where this is all my fault.
  3. NYCLawyer

    Imposter Syndrome

    I guess I didn’t really interpret “imposter syndrome” as being related to the emotional/hustle/whatever aspects of the job. I’ve usally heard the term used in terms of fear of being exposed as secretly incompetent. But anyway I don’t really need to get into a semantic debate about imposter syndrome. My response that law isn’t that hard was related to the fact that people who get through law school are competent to do the job with some experience.
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    Imposter Syndrome

    Relax, you’ll be fine. Law isn’t that hard. Just because law schools rank students against one another doesn’t make the practice of law difficult. Anybody who got into law school can do the job with some practice. The only people who fail aren’t trying or have some kind of unrelated issue like a substance abuse problem. If you’re diligently trying to do a good job you’re already better than 85% of lawyers.
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    Privilege is...

    Right... I had to get up in the morning at ten o'clock at night half an hour before I went to bed, drink a cup of sulphuric acid, work twenty-nine hours a day down mill, and pay mill owner for permission to come to work, and when we got home, our Dad and our mother would kill us and dance about on our graves singing Hallelujah.
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    Mid-life crisis during Articling?

    The real trouble starts when you combine both in one person.
  7. NYCLawyer

    Mid-life crisis during Articling?

    Maybe not. I just have the most direct experience with the pungent stink of the greasy, unwashed U of T ballbag.
  8. NYCLawyer

    Mid-life crisis during Articling?

    U of T grads are also more likely to be intolerable ballbags than most other people.
  9. NYCLawyer

    Mid-life crisis during Articling?

    It won’t. You will be a better lawyer in the long run if you learn to give yourself some space because you will sleep at night and think more clearly. And you won’t burn out after three years so you’ll have time to learn to do the job. This is the single biggest reason that people fail in law firms — law school selects for people who are reasonably intelligent and hardworking but does not select at all for people with sustainable work habits and stress management techniques.
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    Mid-life crisis during Articling?

    I didn’t read this whole thread but I’m pretty sure that part of what’s going on here is that you need to stop giving a shit so much. This is one of the most important and underrated skills of having a successful career. I can’t tell you how many people I’ve watched burn out of jobs or the profession altogether because they drive themselves crazy. A lot of “success” in any business, and in having a happy life in general, is learning to calm down. If somebody asks you to write a factum in a day they’re going to get whatever an articling student can churn out in a day, which is going to be hot garbage, but so what? Obviously it wasn’t very important if they’ve asked you - an articling student - to do it in a day. It’s not sustainable to treat this as a life or death thing. Just do your best and forget it. I’ll let you in on a little secret: nothing you do matters that much. You’re a paper pusher. A desk jockey. Even more than that you’re a junior paper pusher. You have to let things go. You’re not a heart surgeon, and even heart surgeons have to let it go. I don’t have the constitution to be a heart surgeon and have people die on my table and just walk out and forget it but I thank god that some people do because we need these people. But your situation is even easier because you’re just a lawyer. What you do does. not. matter. Especially on the margins. You really think that guy was going free or getting custody because your third edit of some paragraph really changed the judge’s mind? Just do what you can and move on to the next thing. If you can get the hang of this you’ll have a longer and more successful career than people who don’t and you’ll provide more value to your clients too, because you’ll get better with more experience without burning out. That’s the guy I want operating on my heart when the time comes.
  11. NYCLawyer

    1L Grades Feedback For NY

    Yeah I wasn’t trying to say doing a clerkship is a bad idea, just explaining how the clerkship bonus works. The bonus is also a coming-off-your-clerkship bonus, not something you can cash in if you do clerkship->firm->lateral as far as I know.
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    1L Grades Feedback For NY

    Hmm, I think there are probably good reasons to do a clerkship, especially if you want to be a litigator, but the clerkship bonus is definitely a one-time thing and I think some firms have cut back on doing it at all. The clerkship bonus is also not enough to make you whole for having foregone the year of US biglaw income. Again not that people who are interested shouldn’t do a clerkship but don’t do it as, like, a financial investment.
  13. NYCLawyer

    Is it fun?

    If you find typing away on a computer and taking calls boring (and it is) you should stay away from being a lawyer. If you like connecting with people as a salesman you can find jobs with way more of that sort of thing that pay way more. Honestly - not being a law cynic - law has its benefits but from what you wrote in your OP there is something better for you.
  14. Yes, these people are often wicked smaht.
  15. I can only speak for myself but I’m never impressed by some college boy show off.
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