Your name? Confidentia Lin Formation
Place of employment? Anonymous Law Firm
Job Title? Associate
1) What specific training was required to obtain this job?
4 year undergraduate degree; 3 years of law school
2) Can you tell me some vocabulary or terminology specific to your job?
praecipe -- another word for "motion" (e.g., "I filed a praecipe to discontinue the case today.")
COMES NOW -- some lawyers start motions this way (e.g., "COMES NOW Plaintiff Suzy Sunshine and for her Motion to Compel avers as follows.")
3) What type of reading do you do on a daily basis?
Case law; statutes; drafts of briefs, letters, etc.; emails from partners I work for, other associates, paralegals, my secretary, etc. Funny, I led off in answering this by referring to case law and statutes, but it seems like I mostly read and respond to email all day.
4) Have the reading demands increased, if yes, how?
I do tons of reading and writing. My husband is in school and complains about having to read a chapter or write a 6-page, double-spaced paper and I laugh at him because that's nothing to me.
5) If you could go back and change something related to your education or your life as a student what would you change or what would you do differently?
I might have attended a different law school. There aren't many alumae from my school in the city I live in, so sometimes I feel like an oddball when no one else has gone to my school.
6) Is it fun to be a lawyer? Why or why not?
Sometimes. It's usually not the actual practice of law is that is so much fun. It's the people I work with who make it enjoyable. Sometimes you can make fun of other people (e.g., opposing counsel, opposing party, etc.), so that can be fun. It's a little immature, but it's the truth.
7) How much does someone with your job title usually make?
Depends. If you're at a large litigation firm like me, probably at least $100,000/year.
8) What is the most interesting case you've defended? Details!
Sorry, it's confidential.
9) Have you won most of your cases? Details.
Define "won." And sorry, it's confidential. :)
10) If you weren't a lawyer, what would you want to be? Why?
Become a court reporter. It seems easy and pretty mindless, you're on your own most of the time.