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The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law is a good one. Amusing and practical, and very on point. I received it as a gift from one of my mentors early on in my career and thought it was a wonderful aid.
I would also look at templates and examples of court documents on Practical Law's "Standard Documents" portion of its website (along with the website in general). Very, very good baseline materials and law on several important topic areas for the modern practitioner.
Read this: https://www.amazon.com/Curmudgeons-Guide-Practicing-Law/dp/1590316762
>I don't have all the documents they asked me to bring.
What documents are these? It's Sunday. Why cant you go get them?
Success in biglaw is so much more than doing great work. Find a partner in a strong practice area who can be your advocate at the firm. Seek out cases with him/her. Let him/her run interference with other partners who may not care if you burn out after one year. Also, learn how to say no to work. Hint: don't say "no."
Pick up a copy of The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law. It's an excellent book about firm life that contains a lot of invaluable advice for new lawyers.
The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law
OP, I just did a timed preptest with a 173 yesterday that has been falling into a larger trend, so I'm feeling the fire and if you don't mind I'll share some of my experiences to help you. Because frankly, it's a rough world out there and we need to help each other.
Book wise: The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law https://www.amazon.com/dp/1590316762/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_7NK6Bb635GG00
It was down right raw. Some funny parts. I’m not a lawyer. Short read.
From my experience:
Always learn to create and build something. Not just operate it. You are valuable when you know how to build. It can be anything, build a building, a computer, a program, a team, a business. Anything.
Make your curiosity ample and wide. Specialize a bit but not too much. This makes you marketable.
Stay positive. Avoid nay sayers. Avoid negative people. They tend to hold you back.
Stay in good communication with those that are good at their craft. They will become something one day. You never know when you will need them.
At the office, recognize when someone is using you to make themselves look good. Find a way to get the recognition.
Aim for the office. The salary will follow.
Stay practicing your craft. It so true, while you are sleeping someone else is grinding and hustling to out perform you. Stay hungry!
Find a way for companies to pay for your trips. Like conferences etc. Keep your money.
Be acutely aware that most companies see new grads as cheap labor. You are hungry and have lots of time with no responsibilities. Means you can work long hours for cheap. Meanwhile most bosses go home. So do the math, your salary divided by your hours worked.
Follow most of this and you will be making very good money soon. Ignore it and you will be making someone else good money.
I make ridiculous good money at 40hr weeks. I enjoy my work. I have made mistakes and my suggestions avoid those mistakes.
I highly recommend The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law for BIGLAW associates and summers.