Third week on the job, now. One of my partner supervisors asks over lunch, "How's everything going? Is everyone in the group being nice? Do you like the work? Everything going okay?"
Me: "Everyone's awesome: incredibly nice, and giving me really interesting work. I was so relieved when, after she realized I knew the law and had good coverage of the substantive issues, Linda [the associate I was working for on a specific project; obvi, not her real name] was so patient with my Bluebooking errors."
Partner supervisor: "Yeah, don't worry about that. I explained to her that we love Yalies, and we realize that they don't actually teach you guys how to do that stuff. You got the important things."
Me (thinking to myself): Phew.
Not like I'm totally out of the woods or can just refuse to learn the rules (as I've explained, I'm really trying!), but it was nice to know that I'm not a total screw-up. And I guess it's good I brought my Bluebook with me for the summer. Clearly, I'm going to be needing it.