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Black Law Students / Re: Life As An Associate
« on: October 20, 2007, 11:22:26 AM »
Just out of curiosity where is everyone living and what do you guys pay in rent for your cities (ball park is fine)? I ask because I own rental property in Phoenix and Denver and I like to see what rents are like in other cities/what you get for the $. 


Movnig from Newark (average $900/mo for 1 bedroom) to NYC (average $3,000/mo for 1 bedroom in midtown to lower Manhattan, slightly less elswhere).  Will be paying $1650/mo for my 1 bedroom in uptown Manhattan.





UWS?  Harlem?  Upper East?  Not bad.  I hope to pay a bit less than that when I get to that position, but who knows if I'll be able to!  I think I'll just stay at home with mom-dukes in Bushwick/Ridgewood.

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Black Law Students / Re: Life As An Associate
« on: October 19, 2007, 08:46:19 AM »
*sent an email to the supply room for some folders, got up and went to the bathroom, came back 2 minutes later to find a box of folders on my desk with a print out of my email on top

Isn't that your secretary's job?  Has she done anything for you yet?  That's one thing I could never figure out over the summer: what to do with my secretary.


Great thread about that at ATL yesterday.  I read through all the comments.  Some good suggestions.  But I guess I should wait until I get a job before I start assigning stuff to my secretary-to-be.

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Black Law Students / Re: Life As An Associate
« on: October 19, 2007, 08:44:12 AM »
sh*t i've done at work thus far (2.5 weeks into it):

- drafted a portion of a prospectus
- gone to a drafting meeting
- met with a client
- done algebra at 10:30pm
- stayed at work past midnight
- managed due diligence efforts in an affiliate office
- taken advantage of our car service and subsidized Starbucks (this means I get my Starbucks at American prices and not double them)
- not opened a bluebook, gone to the library or done any research whatsoever! :)

Don't forget you receive 25 days paid vacation.... ;D

But this could be fun.
I started 2mths ago and I've:
Watched ~20 depositions
Attended court ~40x (they want the judges and lawyers to know me)
Watched ~30 initial consultations
Conducted 3 initial consultations (trying to watch the advice I give)
Drove 6hrs on my own dime (which entailed an 11hr day)>:( (latest I've worked is 7pm)
Interviewed 3 witnesses in person & ~10 by phone (for affidavits) & ~2 clients - it's funny, once a client realizes they can reach an "attorney" (me) all the time, they call constantly for advice on all sorts of problems...
Dictated ~25 complaints, motions, petitions, + ~10 letters
Wrote ~50 pages of legal memorandum (I almost have the secretary to the point where she understands my legal dictation, though I'm scared to try footnotes with her) & no, I don't use the blue book - I've memorized what I need to know. I actually tossed mine.. ::)
Hours & hours of research (good thing I've a view of the river to ease the eye strain) (my boss is always like, hey could you see if we may do X, let me know tomorrow...)
Oh and dictating medical & deposition summaries...yawn (~15 & ~100pages)


I started 4 days ago.  So far I have:

*not been paid yet
*not been paid yet
*not been paid yet
*did I mention I have not been paid yet?
*in addition to not being paid yet I have met with a few partners
*got a litigation assignment in securities for one of our large banking clients
*got another litigation assignment dealing with an anti-trust issue
*got assigned to a litigation team preparing for a deposition for one of our clients who we are trying to save from the SEC
*decided I wanted an IP assignment so I got up from my desk, walked down the hall to one of the IP litigators and said "I want an IP assignment" and got one on the spot dealing with an interesting trademark infringement issue
*sent an email to the supply room for some folders, got up and went to the bathroom, came back 2 minutes later to find a box of folders on my desk with a print out of my email on top
*have blatantly abused the car service
*learned how to work the copying machine
*shut my door after lunch, turned out the lights, and took a nap
*met with about 15 new recruits at a cocktail reception
*learned how to log hours on the billing software
*bonded with my puerto rican secretary from brooklyn
*stared out the window for at least 30 minutes per day
*recieved infinity hours of computer training, westlaw training and lexis training
*met paralegals
*met librarians & got a tour of the library
*met secretaries & got the latest office gossip
*have not been paid yet


That's about it in a nuthsell. 

You guys are weeks ahead of me so at least you've been paid.  I'm Jealous!


Puerto Rican secretary from BK?  And you're only "bonding"?

Just playing.

Somebody pay this negro.

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Black Law Students / Re: Life As An Associate
« on: October 18, 2007, 01:01:57 PM »
as you wear your collars buttoned

I should hope that none of you wear a button-down collar with a suit.


Never.  I meant the top button of your shirt, by the collar.

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Black Law Students / Re: Life As An Associate
« on: October 18, 2007, 12:19:27 PM »
I guarantee my chair costs less than $300.  :-\ Oh well, the life of a small firm.

On a side note, I saw 2 female attys get away w/sweaters in court again today. One a see-through quilt type that let us see her slip... sheesh. And even those wearing suits don't have to have a choke tie like us poor men, just a blouse. However...I have noticed a few men w/o the top button done and their tie loosened. hmmmm, should I try it?
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No.

 :o Ya, I know, but do you have to destroy my dream quite so coldly? You do realize, of course, that I attend court almost every day... :-\


lol, nah, I figured you were there regularly enough for this to be an issue.  but i'd imagine that as you wear your collars buttoned and ties tied regularly they'll become less of an issue.  unless your collars are simply too tight.  or your tie tied too tight around the neck.

i'm not heartless!

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Black Law Students / Re: Life As An Associate
« on: October 18, 2007, 11:52:43 AM »
I guarantee my chair costs less than $300.  :-\ Oh well, the life of a small firm.

On a side note, I saw 2 female attys get away w/sweaters in court again today. One a see-through quilt type that let us see her slip... sheesh. And even those wearing suits don't have to have a choke tie like us poor men, just a blouse. However...I have noticed a few men w/o the top button done and their tie loosened. hmmmm, should I try it?
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No.

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Black Law Students / Re: Question for current 1Ls
« on: October 18, 2007, 11:02:55 AM »
LOL my torts professor did that to this chick quite often.  She was blonde and kinda had that sterotypical blonde mentality.  Hilarious.  She wasn't paying attention lol.   :D

not so hilarious was when my civ pro professor did it to me.  Like when we got to International Shoe case.  "Ms. Bono {damn}, pretend you're the defendant in this case {oh lawd}, what are you thinking?"  "dang {laughter} huuuuuuh {more laughter}, I dunno...what the defendant's..um.. state of mind is but I would be thinking there's not enuf contacts.   {yessss}  Professor: "You don't sound sure, convince me...matter of fact let's get a debate going. {damn} Ms.  X you pretend to be the Plaintiff".  {damn, freaking out...I was half asleep}.  Ms. X lists a whole buncha things to establish contacts.  {hmmm, getting advesarial and thinking like a lawyer}  "true but I don't think these contacts were continual and umm, what's the word...u know...like.. substantial and stuff."  LOL, I miss being a 1L 

1L?  Shoot, I'm still like that.  Shoulda seen me in Evidence yesterday.  Caught ENTIRELY off-guard, totally confused by whatever part of the hearsay rule we were going over, and certainly too lazy to pass.  Dah well.  I'll stumble through it and not really care.  That's one part of being a 1L I don't miss, though -- caring what my classmates thought of my intelligence level, lol.  I really don't care anymore.

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Black Law Students / Re: Life As An Associate
« on: October 18, 2007, 10:37:14 AM »
What kind of phone is it?  I loved my desk chair this summer.  It was a Herman Miller Aeron.  Man, I wish I could have taken it with me...


Y'all don't have these at YLS?  Our library is stocked with them.  Heavenly.  Though Slate said they aren't even the best desk chairs anymore...

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Black Law Students / Re: Life As An Associate
« on: October 16, 2007, 03:02:06 PM »
congrats on the depositions.


oh, and i second the above posters re: your own office.  *drool*  i never was all that good at sharing...

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Black Law Students / Re: Black Law Student Discussion Board
« on: October 16, 2007, 02:57:42 PM »
Kayak is by Far the best.  It basically aggregates all of the various sites (expedia, priceline, orbitz, etc) in addition to all of the airlines reservation sites.  It has a lot of really flexible search options as well.


d*


See also Sidestep.com.

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