June 08, 2011

Legal Interning Tip #6

Dealing With Doubt

It is normal for law students to wonder if going to law school was the right choice for them.  Whether it's less than stellar grades, a particularly harsh critique of your memo from a senior associate, or even a sense of just not fitting in as you hide in your cubicle, you will likely experience some doubt during your quest to become a lawyer.  When it comes to summer internships, some lawyers (mainly in large firms) may be hard on you, even going out of their way to humiliate or dehumanize you.  Keep in mind that this is done to toughen you up and motivate you to work harder.  Even knowing this, it can be frustrating and disheartening to have to completely rewrite a memo that has been marked up so much that the paper is more red than white.  You will think that you're not cut out for this.  And maybe you're not.

But before you throw in the towel, take a deep breath and remember why you wanted this in the first place.  If you started this journey for all of the right reasons, any weaknesses you may have can be improved and overcome with hard work, drive, and passion.  Take advantage of your strengths to create opportunities, and use the extra time you will have this summer to work at improving your weaknesses.  I've said it before and I'll say it again: getting into entertainment law is not easy.  This can't be something you try for before moving on to plan B.  You have to want it.

Good luck to all of the summer associates and legal interns out there.  Remember that this is both a learning and a networking opportunity for you, so ask questions, work hard, and make friends.

- Lauren
Email: lauren@internlikearockstar.com | Twitter: @Musicn3rd
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