So you've had many less-than-stellar experiences as an associate at your law firm. You've spent countless all-nighters on a two-month document review in the basement of a chemical plant located 300 miles outside of Boise, Idaho. You've woken up in the middle of the night with cold sweats, realizing you forgot to put a comma in a brief filed the previous day. You've gotten yelled at the next day for forgetting to put that comma in the brief. You've debated whether taking a weekend stroll in the park with your loved one justified passing up three billable hours. At times, you've felt as if your entire self-worth as a person hinged on whether a partner was pleased with your work (i.e., nice comments from a partner = you're on top of the world; negative comments from a partner = you're molded whitefish). You've questioned whether the admissions counselor at your law school must have been intoxicated when deciding to admit you. You were blindsided by an unexpected layoff that was allegedly based on poor performance, although you question whether that was the entire reason.
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