Diary of a 1L
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Saturday, April 17, 2004
12:07 AM

I just saw a movie about a guy who makes stacks of rocks and stuff for a living. It's for art! I suppose when I'm a lawyer, or something else, I'd like to do something like that in my spare time, at least.

I'm done with Legal Writing. Now I only have three things to worry about. One exam, frankly, is going to be a bust no matter which way I slice it. That will be a regular open book exam. Then there's one that will be a closed book exam, and I'm counting on doing well in that class. Then there's a take-home exam. There's really only good reason to make one good outline. But I'll probably make three anyhow.

The major law school conflict for me is between doing things well enough so that I'm satisfied and doing things well enough to beat the next guy. It kind of reminds me when I was doing interviews my senior year of college. I had never heard of McKinsey in my life before these interviews, but all of the sudden I found out that it was where all of the cool and smart kids got hired. So I was so jealous of the kids who got hired by McKinsey! But since I ended my very brief consulting career, I've never heard anything about McKinsey again. People outside of our tiny world don't know who Baker & Hostetler are, or Jones or Day or Skadden or Arps. They probably think Law Journal is sort of like the school newspaper. They probably think clerkships are like mailroom jobs where you wear funny hats and ring little bells and stuff envelopes or type things in triplicate. So once we're out in the real world again, it's going to not matter again.

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