« on: July 07, 2009, 07:34:38 AM »
haha to the extent that people may or may not find this helpful, i'm a first year in nyc biglaw and my existence is pretty goddamn miserable. if it ain't doc review or doc production, i'm not doing it. the juxtaposition is strange - from working so hard in law school, etc. and then finally "making it" only to spend absurdly long hours doing something "that your kid brother could do," to quote sands. on the one hand, i feel that i'm paying my dues, so to speak, and on the other i feel like i'm being borderline exploited by the firm. in prior years, i think that they had to worry about losing jr. associates to other firms if / when they buried them under mountains of doc review and doc production. given the current cataclysmic state of the market, however, this is no longer the case and they know it. as such, the docs just keep piling up [as do those oh-so-coveted production assignments]
on a semi-related note, the quality of K attny on my doc review team is insane. in the "good 'ole days," it's my understanding that most k attnys were basically what you'd expect t2-t4 grads with below the median type grades. my review is staffed almost exclusively with t20 (many t14) grads, many of whom have 4-8 yrs WE. believe me, they're not doing DR because they want to. i hate to say it, but it appears to me that this ship be sinkin'. and on that note it's time for me to depart for work - i have to hit at least 10-11 hrs billed of pure, unadulterated DR today. life is a beautiful thing.