I got my first law firm job in August of 2007, the week I started law school. This firm is where I learned how to file cases, how the courthouse works, how status calls work, what discovery is, what pleadings and motions are, what a courtesy copy is and how you deliver one when a courtroom is empty and locked, etc. Basically this job is where I learned everything that they really should teach you in law school about working at a law firm but don't. Also I had the greatest boss ever who treated me like I was smart and competent even though I was a 22 year old 1L. I had no idea that all law firms didn't work that way and that all law students/lawyers to be aren't treated like competent professionals, and that firm will always have a place in my heart for being the place where I knew FOR SURE that I wanted to be a lawyer. It's taken me years to find another firm like it where I'm treated like I'm smart and capable and a valuable contributor and OMG I can't even tell you how great it is, especially since I have so many friends who haven't been able to find that place yet.
Anyway I bring this up because starting at this job in 2007, I would go to court all the time to file stuff and drop courtesy copies off to judges, etc., and every time I got in line to go through security I would look wistfully at the attorney's who got to breeze through and think "three more years! That's me!"
Well today, four and a half years later, that day has finally come.
I finally got my sheriff's ID after getting my bar card and now I can whisk past security and up to my destination.
It feels so much better than I imagined it would.