YOUR FRIENDS and family were so proud at graduation. You were thrilled to be able to say that you had secured employment at a premier firm in Manhattan. Over the previous summer you had become convinced that this firm was at the center of the legal universe and surely a place where you would gain the experience required to represent titans of industry in their legal problems. You either moved to New York or found a new apartment commensurate with your new-found six-figure wealth and hunkered down to survive the bar exam.

Wearing your new work clothes and carrying the brief case you got as a graduation present, you appeared at the firm for your first day of work, wondering what legal problems you would tackle first. After filling out countless forms, you are now sitting at your perfectly arranged and fully stocked desk, ready to make your mark on the legal world.