Summer Associate: Develop an Angel at the Law Firm


This isn’t simple and some students will not be able to pull this off.  But if you do, it will be the best thing ever!  An angel is someone at the firm who is invested in your success.  You can’t just recruit an angel.  You have to build a relationship and show that your future is a worthwhile investment.   I’m not talking about a mentor, coach or advisor.  An angel may serve in any of those roles, but an angel goes much further.  An angel is someone who is not afraid to give it to you straight.  The good and the bad.  Your angel may even be working on your behalf without you even knowing it. Continue reading

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Summer Associate: Don’t Poop Where You Eat


There is an old saying that you don’t sh*! where you eat.  I have no clue who came up with that saying or why they chose that image but I do get the point that’s being made.  Don’t mess around with how you make your living.  You plan to make your living as an attorney (hopefully at the firm you are at this summer) so don’t do something that could jeopardize your plan. Continue reading

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Summer Associate: Get to Know The Other Summer Associates


Here’s an often overlooked tip for summer associates.  Get to know the other summer associates.  Not just the ones in your practice group, as many as you can meet and get to know.  First, it will make your summer much more enjoyable.  You’ll be surprised how many times you think you are the only clueless summer associate, only to find out that most of the other summer associates are having the exact same thoughts/issues.  Continue reading

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Summer Associate: Stay Off Any Non-Work Related Websites and Technology


OH THE HORROR!  Half a day without Facebook or Twitter?!  I know I know.  You’re probably asking, what you will do without Facebook, Twitter, espn.com, etc., etc.?  Your work is what you’ll do!  I’ll let you in on a big secret.  Employers don’t like when they realize they are paying you to do anything other than their work.  Ok, that’s not much of a secret but Summer Associates don’t seem to know or care about this fact.  If your goal is to get a permanent offer, you need to know and care. Continue reading

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Summer Associate: Don’t Use Profanity or Get Drunk


This summer, if you are in the company of attorneys from the firm (or somewhere where word will get back to them), use some restraint.  You don’t have any clue what some attorneys may find offensive.  And what I’ve noticed is that when you’re drunk you’re not nearly as entertaining to others as you may think.  (That’s why everyone drinks when karaoke is involved!) Continue reading

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Summer Associate: Look Past The Glitter and Gold


This summer, be sure to look past all of the fun summer activities.  Some firms work extra hard to seem cool during the summer.  All the outings are a part of what makes being a summer associate so much fun at some firms.  Because of all of the summer activities, it can be difficult to look past the firm’s “summer image” to get an idea of the firm’s true work environment. Continue reading

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Summer Associate: Interview the Firm


Happy Friday!  I know that some of you are actually finishing up exams.  If you are done with exams, CONGRATS!  If you still have a few more to go, hang in there…you can make it!  Either way, it’s on to summer very soon!

It’s easy to get caught up in trying to impress the attorneys and partners at the firm this summer.  It should be just as important for you to make sure you get enough information to determine if this firm is a good fit for you.  After all, you’ll be spending many many hours there after you graduate.  Make sure it’s a place you don’t mind working.  An even better idea is to make sure it’s a place where you think you will thrive.

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