It was 4:30 p.m., and I was a summer law clerk at a midsize firm that did not have strict, set hours for associates. There was no guidance as to when, exactly, associates needed to arrive and leave.My rival—I mean, fellow summer associate—poked his head over my cubicle wall. “Do you
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