Ever wondered how to become a member of the Supremes?

Today marks the start of the most convoluted Supreme Court confirmation battles in history. Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s pick to replace Justice Scalia, will appear before the US Senate Judiciary Committee, and endure questioning as to his eligibility to become the country’s 113th Supreme Court justice. I recently wrote about the issues behind the […]

via Confirmation process of a US Supreme Court nominee. — thelegalwingofit

The Legal Wing of It has the information you’re looking for! With the Senate Hearings beginning yesterday, it could be a good idea to educate yourself on the process of what it takes to become a Supreme.

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This little clerk has a snow day!

 

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This is me. I’m playing in the snow.

This little clerk has a day off from work! Woohoooooo! Unfortunately, because being an adult means that adult responsibilities are always present, here’s a list of all the things I have to do today:

  1. Finish the work that I brought home yesterday.
  2. Find three firms that I’m interested in applying to.
  3. Apply to those three firms.
  4. Save photos of flowers for my bouquet.
  5. Save photos of cake for cakespiration.
  6. Make some homemade meatballs and homemade tomato sauce.
  7. Take a nap.
  8. Do some laundry.
  9. Netflix it up.

Anybody else have a snow day today? How are you handling this blizzardy weather?

Cups of coffee, stress dreams, and being an asshole. What I learned from taking the bar . . . again.

I learned that when I’m overwhelmed, I am SUCH an asshole.

I also learned that working full time, studying for the bar, and planning a wedding is no way to live my life.

Additionally, I learned that my stress dreams are incredibly vivid. For instance, I had multiple dreams where I was hunted down by a shooter, had to hide under cars, and was shot in the face with a rifle. Mix bar related stress dreams (being shot, coming back for the afternoon session 15 minutes later than I’m supposed to, not bringing an extra pencil, not bringing my license, finding out I was actually arrested and didn’t disclose etc.) with wedding related stress dreams (being shot, not having the license, losing the rings, nobody shows up, etc.) and you have approximately four months of terrible sleep.

Unlike those who are at private firms, my employer wasn’t paying me to take the bar again. When I told my Judge that I failed I cried hysterically; thankfully I was wearing waterproof makeup, he told me to take a week and decide whether I was going to take it again or not. I immediately said no, I’d rather wait 5 years and practice in the state I was admitted to than sit and take the bar again. Well, four days later guess who had finished her bar application and put in for seven days of vacation.

I’ll give you a hint: this is a blog about me.
Answer: It was me.

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Here is a list of all the things I learned when I took the bar for the second time:
1. I’m not dumb, stupid, lazy, or inept – I just answer two or three questions wrong. Plenty of people failed the bar the first time they took it. For instance: Hillary Clinton (failed DC), Michelle Obama (failed IL), FDR (failed NY), JFK (failed NY), Justice Cardozo (failed FIVE TIMES).

2. I had a cool sense of deja vu. I knew what the morning would be like, what the afternoons would be like, and how to structure my answers. I spent less time focusing on the mechanics of setting up IRAC and more time on the substantive materials.

3. Some employers care a little bit. I didn’t know this until I failed, but I learned that some employers only hire people who have passed the bar on the first attempt. It sucks to hear, especially if you wanted to apply to the firm, but whatever. They don’t want you, so don’t spend anymore time on wishing you did better, or beating yourself up about trying harder. There is a place that wants to hire you, whether it’s the state/local government, the federal government, or a private practice.

4. The proctors still sucked. STOP LOOKING AT MY ID SO OFTEN. JEEZE LOUISE, DO YOU EVEN KNOW WHAT HOLOGRAMS TO LOOK FOR OR ARE YOU JUST AMAZED TO SEE AN OUT-OF-STATE LICENSE FOR ONCE IN YOUR LIFE. PUT IT DOWN AND GTFO.

5.  Room temperature lunch blows. Oh, yum, just want I always wanted, two semi-warm peanut butter sandwiches. Thanks nutrition gods! *I know I packed my own lunch, but there aren’t any refrigerators to use and the lunches had to remain in a separate area.

6. Driving home never felt so good.

7. Don’t go to work the next day, if you can. Stay the fuck home, take a shower, drink some coffee, and take approximately six naps because you’ll still be tired as hell.

8. When the results come out again, don’t check them at work.

Buried in an avalanche of stress. somebody send a lifesaver! (Not the candy, those are gross!)

Repurchase share agreements? DGCL §141(a)? What’s a contract?

I’m reaching the point in the semester where it’s getting close to finals and all my professors are SLAMMING us with work to be sure they finish the entire syllabus. I don’t mind doing a lot of work, I usually get it all done before 6 PM anyways, but I hate when professors rush through entire concepts just so they can say that we finished the book.

I’m trying to read/take notes on my assignments the day they’re assigned, since duh, so much easier than procrastinating and waiting until the morning of, and I have to say it works out pretty well. The material is already pretty fresh in my mind, the professor has office hours, and by dinner time, I’m done with my work.

Besides the obvious advantages of getting my work done, this gives me all the free time to have a mental breakdown about what I’m going to do after graduation. I graduate in May, in June I sacrifice myself to the Barbri gods, take the PA/NJ bar exams in July, and in August my lease is up. This is like senior year of college all over again except 100% worse. Now instead of being a 22 year old college graduate who knew she was accepted to law school, I’ll be a 25 year old law school graduate who knows that Wawa is better than Sheetz.

My boyfriend and I have semi-serious talks about the future all the time. When most couples have serious talks it’s about marriage, moving in, children, etc, which don’t get me wrong, we do too, but for the most part, our serious talks are more like this:

Him: “What personal goals do you want to meet within the next year?”
Me: *Lists out goals*
Him: *Also lists out his goals*
*Punch buggy drives by, neither of us punches the other*
Me: “I’m thinking of interviewing for these types of positions in Jersey. Thoughts?”
Him: *Lists some advantages*
Me: *Lists some disadvantages*
*Punch buggy drives by, neither of us punches the other*
Him: “I’m thinking of looking for a new job. What do you think?”
Me: *Lists out advantages*
Him: *Lists out disadvantages*
Me: “It’s 2 PM, want to get lunch?”
Him: “PUNCH BUGGY RED.”

One of the best things about dating somebody who graduated law school before you did is that they’ve already done everything before. They’ve been nervous about graduation, spent days studying for the bar, and have gone through the job hunt, and M knows exactly what to say to help me calm myself down and put thoughts into actions.

While I’m incredibly stressed, taking the time to get my work done early gives me the evening to think of goals that I want to meet and start working towards them. Right now, I have three things I’m focusing on: 1. Graduating school, 2. Taking the bar exam, and 3. Finding a job for after graduation.

  1. Graduating school: I won’t be able to graduate if I don’t get my work done. As hard as business organizations is, and as boring as labor law is, I still have to go to the class, participate, take notes, and do the readings. Finals are in about four weeks, and I need to do well to boost up my GPA. If I don’t graduate, then I don’t need to worry about finding a job or taking the bar exam because I won’t have to.
  2. Taking the bar exam: Fortunately, I’ve already taken and passed the MPRE, so I need to focus on the MBE and the essay sections. My hotel in PA has been booked, and I’m booking my hotel in NJ soon. My parents were nice enough to offer to pay for the registrations for both states for me. Bar prep will be paid off by February; and next semester I’m taking a bar prep class through my school. All in all, I’m pretty prepared. When it gets closer to graduation, I’ll make out a study schedule/attack plan, but for now, I feel good.
  3. Finding a job for after graduation: I like taking a major goal and dividing it up into small, doable sections, this way I’m not completely overwhelmed. With my job hunt, I applied to five clerkships and a panel initiative a month ago. From that, I’ve had three one-on-one interviews and one group interview. I should be hearing back soon from one that I really want. If I don’t get any of these, then in December, and every month after, I’ll apply to five new jobs. This way, I’m not waiting until after I take the bar to start my search from the beginning, after all the jobs I’m interested are gone.

After these three goals are met, then I can focus on other goals like: paying down my student loans, joining a running club, and becoming more involved in a community service organization.

Readers, what are some goals that you have that you want to meet? How are you dealing with the stress of school and work? What are some healthy coping mechanisms that you use?

Second round interview recap!

I had my first second-round interview on Wednesday. Here are some tips I feel like everybody should know:

  1. Always give yourself more than enough time. On Wednesday, it was raining extremely hard and my entire drive was on the highway. At one point, the backsplash from tractor trailers and other cars was so heavy that I couldn’t see more than 10 feet ahead of me. I had to resort to crawling (Okay, so 45 miles an hour instead of my usual 120 miles an hour), but still made it with fifteen minutes to spare.
  2. Don’t try to make small talk with the security guards. They’ll either talk your ear off, eating up your precious time or they’ll be convinced that you’re only being nice to distract them so you can put some diabolical plan of destruction into action.
  3. If you have a hideous laugh like me, tone that monstrosity down. My interview was with two people, and the door was kept open, so if I cackled the entire office would hear it and stare incredulously.
  4. Send thank you notes BEFORE the office closes. I made that mistake on Wednesday and felt terrible about it. I like to send thank you emails from my computer because it has my email signature, including my linkedin, while my iphone doesn’t and has that annoying “sent from my iphone” message at the bottom. Fortunately, the secretary was incredibly nice and forwarded it to the two people I interviewed with the next morning.
  5. Go to all interviews starving. I found out that I scored one of the highest scores on the panel interview, and I was recommended by another employer to the one I just interviewed with. What does that say about me? That being hungry as hell means that I come across as intelligent, charming, and perfect and not at all hangry. Hmmmm.
  6. Always make a Harry Potter reference even if it doesn’t fit into the conversation. I was asked what my hobbies were. This is an innocent enough question, but employers want to know what you do in your free time and to find what you’re passionate about. I said: “running, reading, and baking,” and was asked what my favorite book is. I was that jerk that said, “I can’t pick a favorite because then I’m bias towards other books, so I’m going to choose a whole series, which is the Harry Potter series. I grew up reading that series and I have a soft spot for it.” It actually worked in my favor because the second interviewer said she was going to Harry Potter World next week. Bonding!
  7. Be sure to bring your writing sample- even if you have already submitted it!!!!!!! I had already submitted one writing sample, but conveniently left my formal writing sample in my folder, which I had brought with me. The interviewer requested a formal writing sample, acknowledging that he didn’t tell me to bring one,  but guess who busted that bad boy out AND remembered what her fact pattern and analysis was like? Oh yes! Me! I could tell the interviewer was impressed that I brought it and the process of decisions could be made that much faster.

I should be hearing back in a couple of weeks, so fingers crossed everybody!

Oh, and one more life tip. I love dogs, but if you see a car with some dogs in it and no human, don’t go up to the car. I had a dog bark in my face and I nearly had a heart attack. Jerk!

How to survive a panel interview when you don’t know the panelists and you’re hungry

“This girl looks familiar, I wonder if she worked at chipotle?”

The other day I was invited to take part in a panel interview for a post-grad job that I applied for. Obviously I accepted, but I was a little bit concerned about the panel format, so I took to google for some answers.

The Muse – This is a great blog that has all sorts of advice regarding your job search including networking, interviewing, applying, etc. This particular article helped me out a lot about knowing what to expect with a panel interview.

Monster.com– I always think people who use Monster are one step above circling classifieds in the newspaper. I don’t know why. It’s a great resource and I found this article to be really informative when it came down to it. Not to mention, there were many other links to other articles about interview prep and sample questions.

Forbes– Ahh, good old Forbes magazine! Whenever I read it I immediately feel 10000% more sophisticated than I actually am. I stumbled onto this article which was written from the point of view of a mentor giving their mentee advice. The author gave 7 solid pieces of advice and I may or may not have used all of them during this panel.

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One of the main pieces of advice was to know who will be interviewing you; but unfortunately I wasn’t allowed to know. It really put a damper on preparing because I couldn’t do research into the interviewers backgrounds, or think of specific questions that they would ask. Instead, I focused on preparing answers to the questions that come up in all interviews, “Why here?” “What is your biggest weakness?” “What is your biggest strength?” “Why should we hire you over all the other candidates?” “Qdoba or Chipotle?”

Luckily, it was about a 40 minute car ride to my interview so I took the time to turn off the radio and talk my answers out loud. I find that I sound perfectly intelligent and concise in my head, but when I speak it sounds like one of the Kardashians. I find that talking my answers out loud really helps me slow down, answer concisely, enunciate my words, and makes me sound prepared and professional. I highly recommend to everybody!

By the time I got to the interview I realized a few things: (1) I was STARVING. I hadn’t eaten since breakfast and this interview was at 1:40; (2) My shirt was still a little wrinkled-chic; and (3) this wasn’t the same building that I had a previous interview in and I didn’t know where to go.

Thankfully, I always get to an interview 30 minutes early and then hang outside in my car until about 20 minutes before, giving myself enough time to go through security (if they have it), use the bathroom, change my shoes, and go over my resume/application. Unfortunately for me, this building was actually 2 buildings connected by a series of elevators, so with ten minutes left, I had to run (quickly walk, security looks at running inside suspiciously!), all the way to one end of the building, take the elevators up, run down another side and then take more elevators. I got to the office with 5 minutes remaining and no longer starving because thankfully my appetite goes away when I’m anxious.

Forty minutes later, I walked out of that interview convinced all the people in there thought I was a giant dumbass. All I wanted to do was go home, get out of the suit, and eat lunch, which I did. At the rate I ate, I’m pretty sure I also ate second lunch and dinner, but I was sad and had candy so how else was I going to feel better? The sweet smell of chocolate and desperation must have been smelled all the way at my interview because I was invited back to second round next week!

Also, to add to the good news: pictures for graduation are being taken next week as well, on the day of my interview. I’m going to look so good people won’t recognize me.

I’ll update when I finish my second interview. Fingers crossed!

Working, Clerking, and Taking Vacations

This week is the last week at my summer externship! I’ve completed 11 weeks, about 440 hours, and numerous assignments in that time. I learned a lot, but like anything that is somewhat repetitive, I was getting bored. Here was my typical day: Go in, write some findings, go to lunch, write more findings, go home. Imagine doing that 55 times in a row and you’ll understand my relief to finish.

Don’t get me wrong- I’m extremely grateful to my firm for giving me the opportunity to shadow, observe, learn, and practice while underneath them. I met a lot of people, I observed depositions, hearings, testimony, and client meetings; I wrote proposed findings of facts, mediation memorandums, research memorandums, and supersedeas motions.

The subject matter that I’m practicing in right now is just not for me. I’m accepted that. If I didn’t, I’d be extremely bitter that I worked there, and I never want to feel bitter for a wonderful experience. Besides, the view from my cubicle was absolutely gorgeous and that alone was worth it.

I mentioned in my post yesterday that I was having some issues with my fall scheduling… because I accepted a position as a judicial law clerk! I’m clerking for a judge in the criminal division, which I’m really excited for! For those readers that don’t know, a judicial law clerk works with the judge to research issues and make legal determinations. There are many benefits to clerking during law school: it looks fantastic on a resume, potential employers love seeing it, research and writing skills improve, and it can lead to a lot of connections and introductions. Plus, I’m getting academic credit for it which means less time in the law school! Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

I’m also interviewing for a law clerk job that pays, also for the fall! I’m interviewing for that today, so I’ve been researching the firm and my interviewer like crazy! It’s always good to be prepared, and I feel like I will never be before I go to interviews.

Next week, I’ll be at my parents house in New England, just relaxing. Hopefully I’ll be able to go to the beach and get some sun. I’ve been feeling so blah lately, so maybe getting away for awhile will lift my spirits.

Isn’t this beach just beautiful? It’s only about an hour or so from my parents house!

Any plans for the remainder of the summer readers? Anybody else clerking or working during the school year?

13 days until I can reclaim my position as Queen of the Bed.

13 days until my summer internship is completed and I can reclaim my position as Queen of the Bed.

Don’t get me wrong, I like going to work everyday, but I can’t wait to just lay in bed, read some books, and do absolutely nothing.

Maybe I’ll plant some poppies underneath my desk at work today and get started on my little siesta a bit early.

I like the way you work it. No diggity.

I sing that to myself every morning when I walk into work. If I don’t treat myself like the badass I am, who will?

Tomorrow is the end of my second week of my summer job at a law firm and I’ve learned so many new things! For instance, don’t email the woman who has 243 unread emails in her inbox for help. Chances are she won’t answer and you’ll miss a chance to sit in with a partner in a new client meeting.

Me when I found out I missed my 10 AM meeting with a partner

Talk about a great impression! I’m so glad that I was able to finish a brief instead of selling myself like career services told me to do. Speaking of other things career services told us to do, they never told us how to handle a happy hour with the firm. I mean, it seemed easy enough: go to the happy hour, DO NOT get drunk, tell a few stories/make everybody fall in love with me/make them realize I would be perfect to offer a job to and then go home. Unfortunately, they never said what to do if the partners go on about their houses and boats in the Hamptons and how to handle the feelings of mediocrity.

Here are some other tidbits of advice I picked up:

Tip #1. Always be the best dressed intern in the office. If you don’t have great business clothes (like me), just pray the other interns dress worse than you. AKA always keep a pair of heels and a blazer at work and only wear your hair in a ponytail once a week.
Tip #2. If your firm says there is free coffee in the kitchen, and to help yourself to it, drink 24 ounces a day to show them that you take their advice seriously. Whenever you get coffee, rush back to your seat so you look incredibly busy and stressed so they can see you mean business
Tip #3: Pray that you sit in a desk that everybody has to walk by first thing in the morning. This way everybody will see you were there earlier than them and left later than them. Also, hope that seat is by a bathroom because there’s nothing worse than walking across the entire floor 12 times a day because of that 24 oz coffee you drank.
Tip #4: If badges are required to get into the building, make sure that you’re going into the right one. Nothing makes you look like a stupid child if the security guard has to inform you that it’s the wrong building and that’s why the badge isn’t working, but because you thought the magnetic part was removed because it was next to your credit card.
Tip #5: Treat this job like it’s a two month job interview. Ask for advice and feedback often. If they have nothing to give you, it means that they don’t care or you are so perfect they can’t find a single fault with your work, personality, or overall being (aka me). If activities and events are planned, attend and socialize.
Tip #6: If grades come out while at work, it’s probably in the best interests of everybody around you if you either: (a) don’t check or (b) bring your makeup into the bathroom, check, cry, and then go back to work. The best lawyers can power through the rough times and fall apart later, at home, in the comfort of sweatpants and lots of donuts.
Tip #7: Every partner was once where you are right now and they know it sucks. Go to them for help and ask questions. When all else fails, just quote Legally Blonde.

PS: JUNE 5TH IS NATIONAL DONUT DAY. DUNKS WILL HAVE FREE DONUTS. BE FREE AND EAT DONUTS!

PPS: Be sure to keep a running list of all the work completed and all observations that you go to. This way, if you’re trying to get a job out of it, you’re already prepared with what you’ve done.

New post coming soon! New post coming soon!

I haven’t properly updated in so long! Sorry about that! I’m putting the finishing touches on a post that will be published tomorrow night.

Here’s a picture of a bunch of cupcakes to make up for sucking so much.

And here are a few gems to look forward to:

First, “I learned that when career services says, “go to happy hour at your firm, it’s a great networking experience” it’s actually more like “stay after work and drink with the partners and attorneys and listen to them talk about their boats and trips to the Hamptons and feel bad that you suck.”

Second, “Always be the best dressed intern in the office. If you don’t have great business clothes (like me), just pray the other interns dress worse than you.”

Third, “If your firm says there is free coffee in the kitchen, and to help yourself to it, drink 24 ounces a day to show them that you take their advice seriously.”

Fourth: “Pray that you sit in a desk that everybody has to walk by first thing in the morning. This way everybody will see you were there earlier than them and left later than them. Also, hope that seat is by a bathroom because there’s nothing worse than walking across the entire floor 12 times a day because of that 24 oz coffee you drank.”

And lastly, “Treat this job like it’s a two month job interview. Ask for advice and feedback often. If they have nothing to give you, it means that they don’t care or you are so perfect they can’t find a single fault with your work, personality, or overall being (aka me).”