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Advice to Summer Associates

June 18, 2007

The best advice that anyone ever gave me about working in the legal profession during the summer was this:

Do the assigments that you are given really well and then fly under the radar for the rest of the summer.  Don’t piss anyone off no matter how insignificant you think they are.  This includes secretaries.

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Six years later, I still think this is good advice whether you work for a law firm, public interest organization, government agency or judge.  For more advice, here is an article on Do’s and Dont’s for Summer Associates.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jill permalink
    June 18, 2007 7:18 pm

    Irrespective of whether you foresee yourself working for a particular partner in the future, do NOT blow off an assignment or opportunity to attend an event with that partner. And while you’re at it, don’t blow off an associate either. It will be remembered come evaluation time, and whether you intend to join a particular department or not, that partner/associate’s feedback will be taken into consideration.

  2. Borat permalink
    June 22, 2007 2:20 pm

    I’m glad that I don’t work at a place where I have to walk on eggshells! If that’s how you feel as a summer, or you think that’s how it will be once you sign on as a full-time associate after law school, you might want to find a firm that isn’t so catty. Enjoy!

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