A couple nights ago as I was leaving the law school (around 10 pm; it was an early night) I ran into a friend who was cleaning up after the Moot Court Honor Board’s contract competition and we killed a few minutes catching up on each others’ lives current courses. She gushed about how great her courses were, and I followed suit. Around the point where I was raving about my Estate Tax class, I paused and asked if she was often still in the building this late. And then she said it. “Well, yes, but it could be much worse, so I’m happy.”
Now, I’ve thought the same thing to myself hundreds of times, but hearing it from someone else tripped a switch. I realised something. There’s a term for being happy on the basis that things could be worse: Stockholm Syndrome. But that’s what happens in law school. Maybe it’s a second-career thing. I mean, it could just be my own fault for having had such a stressful life before. Keep Reading ⇒
Relationships can be difficult. Let me rephrase that. Relationships are difficult. Especially for those in the legal profession who are often working more than 60 hours each week with barely enough leftover time to fulfill individual vices, let alone attempt to woo a cutie with a booty. Even for those individuals who currently have a significant other, relationships can be difficult to manage. Are lilies her favorite flower? Milk chocolate or dark chocolate? Do I ask her to be in an open relationship or do I just cheat? From the courting stage to the first date to the “Facebook Official” to the (likely eventual) breakup, problems can arise. Don’t believe me? Keep reading. Keep Reading ⇒
With Paige, we wanted to avoid the typical, perfect unattainable girl. We wanted a girl with her own issues and problems. Honestly, how else would she end up down in document review? It’s not a world filled with lookers. So we came up with the backstory that she was in a band and she sort of had a phase were she dated and slept with a lot of drummers. Keep Reading ⇒
QI’m a 2L at a pretty good second-tier school in the New York area. I’m in the top half of my class and do very well in moot court and trial skills. I’m hoping my New York connections will help in finding a job at a big New York firm. What do you think are my chances of getting a job at a New York firm like Wachtell or White and Case? Honestly. Keep Reading ⇒
This is my favorite time of the semester. Despite the fact that it’s January and I teach at a law school, my class is filled with a certain something, an energy that could almost be mistaken for optimism. Maybe it’s the fact that, for the first time since taking a gig as an adjunct professor, I’m not teaching a bar course. Instead, I’m teaching a skills course, which is essentially the difference between being resented by your students or actually seeming relevant to them. Frankly, I don’t care, because soon enough they’ll turn on me. Keep Reading ⇒
Question: What do you get when you mix an unscrupulous partner trying to bilk a deep-pocketed client out of every last dollar and an associate who has to make his billables so he can pay off his $15,000 credit card bill and put a down payment on a Manhattan apartment?
Answer: Billable hours that get more padding than an NFL lineman. Keep Reading ⇒