“I wanna be the very best… like no one ever was… In-firms were my real test… a job was my cause…”
Since its release on July 6, Pokémon Go has been all the rage. I still have fond memories of popping that blue cartridge into my GameBoy and collecting those cards (I had a holograph Zapdos – that wasn’t a typo). The topic of this blogpost started out as a joke in the office, but we decided to make it a reality. Below are three ways of explaining summering at a law firm through Pokémon Go:
1. Picking Your Starting Pokémon:
The first challenge of Pokémon GO is the crucial decision between picking your starting Pokemon: either Squirtle, Charmander, Bulbasaur, or Pikachu (note: if the fourth option seemed wrong to you, please be advised that your Trainer Level is too low). This decision is similar to an email you get from your Student Director about what rotations you’d like to prioritize or which practice groups you’d like to sit close to. In that given moment, it is important to pick carefully based on your interests, but is impossible to know exactly how the workflow of the summer will unfold. I would suggest to pick based on your interests but keep an open mind to the other practice groups / Pokémon.
2. Registering new Pokémon into your Pokédex:
The main goal of Pokémon GO is to explore different areas in your city to find as many different Pokémon as possible. While summering at a full-service firm, I think it’s also important to increase your exposure to different files and practice groups. Summer is a great opportunity to get your feet wet before you make some decisions for your rotations in articling.
3. Lure Modules:
When you get to a firm, associates will tell you to go introduce yourself to other lawyers and solicit work from a variety of people. Soliciting work is like dropping a lure: a Squirtle might pop up out of nowhere, but you might also get the occasional Pidgey as well. Just be careful not to drop too many lures in a row or else you’ll be stuck in the not-so-desirable situation of passing up great work because you’re overloaded.