August is a time of change at a law firm. Summer students are finishing thier work and heading back to school while articling students are just beginning their sojourn towards being called to the bar. There are goodbyes and wringing of hands over the school year ahead. Some dread returning to law school and wish they could continue on with the firm. Others look forward to how their sharpened legal skills will serve them well when they tackle casebooks in September.
How will we adjust to the return to the ol’ law mines at our respective universities? A look at what I expect to be the same, better, worse, or just plain different starting this fall for my final year, 3L:
1. “Casual Fridays” will be replaced with “casual every day.” In a reversal, suits will still be worn on Fridays so I don’t get rusty.
2. Bizarrely, I will start drinking coffee again, having made it this far with only a single latte at work blemishing my bean juice-free summer.
3. Running expensive Quicklaw and Westlaw searches on my student account, for the hell of it.
4. Feeling bolder about challenging professors in class.
5. Starting class at 1:00 pm, but waking up at 7:00 of of sheer habit and getting suit halfway on before realizing what I’m doing.
6. Wondering how I can bill the school for the time I spend in the library.
7. Giving advice to 1L and 2L’s now that I am a learned gentleman WHO KNOWS EVERYTHING ABOUT THE LAW AND IT UTTERLY UNASSAILABLE!!!
8. Conversely to #5: running away like a frightened rabbit when someone asks me a question I don’t know.
9. No more free lunch? Wrong. Show enough aggression and determination in the student lounge and you’ll find any lunch can be had for free.
10. Writing a screenplay about a hard-working law student who somehow secures an articling position at a big city firm. Said city is then attacked by aliens. Box office gold.