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What to expect

What to expect

By Claire Walczak and Phoebe Blank


Life as a lawyer, it’s just like on television . . . right? Have you ever watched the TV show Suits, picturing yourself as Harvey Specter when in reality you’re more like Dennis Denuto from The Castle. While every young lawyer is probably familiar with The Castle script and the well-intentioned yet incompetent lawyer, Denuto, you probably haven’t considered the obvious similarities you have: Tools of the trade You never see Harvey Specter smacking the side of the photocopier swearing that he doesn’t know where tray three is or how to change toner. Harvey also doesn’t have to deal with the reality that Donna, his assistant has Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays off. In reality, young lawyers will be expected to navigate any and all different types of photocopiers, usually under tight deadlines, to print three copies of urgent affidavits. Surprisingly, law school does not teach you photocopier skills 101.

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