A Day in the Life

A Day in the Life


When I was interviewing last fall it helped me to be able to visualize what a typical day was like at a given firm. For my final post I'm going to tell you what I did yesterday.

I got off the T at State Street around 8:45 a.m. and took the elevator up to my office on the 32nd floor. My office mate was already here, eating his typical breakfast of a plate full of bacon from the cafeteria on the 27th floor. I turned on my computer and opened my firm email, Jabber (an in-firm instant messaging system), Intapp (the system that keeps track of my billable hours), and IManage (the document processing system where we save all of our work). I had an email from someone looking to sell Sox tickets, a list of available projects from the summer co-chair on duty, a reminder about the Investigations and Criminal Litigation Group lunch at noon, and a request for walk-up song ideas for the next day's summers versus associates softball game.

I had three projects on my plate yesterday, so I picked the one that was most time sensitive: a research question for a senior associate in the IP Litigation department. I spent the morning on Westlaw and started the short memo I was writing on the topic. At noon I went down to the lobby where I met another summer and a couple of first year associates for a lunch we had planned a few weeks before. We walked a few blocks to the restaurant, where we talked about everything from the army to the bar exam. We got coffee on the way back, and then I went back to my office to finish my memo. At around 3:00 p.m., I met with a different senior associate I was doing research for. We talked for five or ten minutes about the case I'd found and where I should look next.

When I got back to my office, I took a minute to stand in front of my window, which makes up one entire wall of the office to take in the astonishing view I have of Boston and the Harbor. My office overlooks Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market, and in the afternoons when I look down at it I can see the street performers. I can also hear them, unfortunately. They have played “Uptown Funk” and “Beat It” every afternoon all summer.

One of the other summers sent me a message via Jabber while I was spying on the public and asked if I had gone to the Equal Justice Coalition breakfast on Monday. I had. She came up to my office to ask me about it, and that talk turned into a much longer conversation when my office mate brought up a legal issue he was reading about. When the other summer left, I finally finished the memo and emailed it to the senior associate I had written it for. Next I turned to the packet of materials I needed to read in order to take a mock deposition the next morning as part of our professional development training. I read the materials, then met in my office with the summer I was partnered with for the exercise so that we could write our deposition outline. We wrapped up around 6:00 p.m. and met up with a group of summers to walk over to the Summer Associate and Partner Cocktail Reception at a nearby steakhouse. There were a lot of partners there, and it stayed crowded until about 8:30. I got soaked in the rain on my walk back to the T.

I hope you've found these blog posts useful as you've put together the list of firms you'd like to interview with. If you want to talk about the firm or the interview process, I'd be more than happy to do so.