What are you planning on doing this and maybe the next few summers? If you plan it well, three years of law school can provide you with up to four summers’ worth of work experience in law/related fields. From traditional law firm summer associate roles, to courtroom clerkships,
The networking events that are part of new associate orientation can seem awkward. Here are some tips to help make some specific networking situations more palatable.
If you “followed the rules” but feel like you don’t fit the role you found yourself in this summer, not all is lost. That feeling can serve as a tool to place you on the path meant for you, so don’t ignore it.
To help you get ready to start your BigLaw internship, young lawyers are sharing their advice on how to make the most out of your summer associate experience and land the job offer after the "three-month interview" in this 30 Tips in 30 Minutes video from the ABA Young Lawyers
The legal job market looks good this year, compared to the preceding ones. The employment rate of new law grads is seeing an increase after a flat market. According to National Association for Law Placement, the overall employment rate for 2016 was 87.5 percent,
For more than 20 years, Equal Justice Works has partnered with AmeriCorps to support thousands of legal fellows and law students who have made a lasting impact on communities across the country. This summer, you can join this network committed to equal justice by serving as an AmeriCorps JD member.
Last week, two firms – Munger Tolles & Olson and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe – announced they would no longer require any employees, including summer associates, to sign mandatory arbitration agreements, according to an article by the ABA Journal. The article continued: A. Michael
This past Saturday evening (March 24, 2018), Ian Samuel leaked a proposed arbitration agreement that Munger, Tolles & Olson, LLP was considering having summer associates sign. Samuel, lecturer at Harvard Law and co-host of the First Mondays podcast, was tipped off to the proposed
I wish I had been more thoughtful about my legal career. When I started my legal career, like many new law firm associates, I did not fully appreciate what it meant to be a law firm associate nor did I have a plan for being successful. After practicing for several
If you are reading this article you either read Part One or skipped to this part because the summer is over and you are in the grind. Regardless of how we got here, congrats on going to law school! For ease of understanding, I am going to break first semester
The first year of law school changes you. No matter how many pre-law or political science classes you took undergrad, you don’t actually know anything about constitutional law or civil procedure. To learn the law is to learn a new way of thinking and it’s not easy. Likely, your 1L summer
From a 5-minute conversation at a networking reception to phrasing job entries on your resume to on-campus and callback interviews, your ability to make a good impression can help you land your dream internship or summer associate position and set the tone for your career. In every interaction you’ll have during the hiring process,
It’s 6:30 p.m. and you are at your office desk, responding intently to emails. You feel someone’s stare and look up. Your supervising attorney, briefcase in hand, has paused at your door. “How’s the Martinez matter coming along?” Before you can answer, you hear the dreaded invitation: “Walk with me.”
Getting an internship is generally the first option when it comes to how to spend the summer after your first year. But what if you haven’t been successful in securing one? Here’s my recommendation: Go abroad! There are many summer abroad programs offered by various law schools. I happen to direct
The 1L summer internship is the capstone to the first year of law school. You can finally get out of the classroom and put what you’ve learned to use in actual legal practice.
Perhaps one of the first things people think when considering what a public defender does for a living is: “how can they defend guilty people?” Public defenders deal with criminal misdemeanor and felony cases, and often have hundreds of open cases at a time. These cases range from first degree
You're never too old for a "what I did on my summer vacation" assignment. This one might even get you some extra credit with your summer employer. Did you spend the last few months as a summer associate or law clerk? Did you help out with an organization's legal duties? Were you overseas
For law students, summers are an opportunity to build practical skills, knowledge and a professional network. For employers, summers are an opportunity to mentor, recruit new talent, and of course, to get fresh eyes and hands on our endless to-do lists.
The ABA has graciously invited me to write for its law school audience. In the first post, I wrote about why the law school you choose to attend matters. Without further ado, here is the second thing many of us wish we had known before starting law school: Your Grades