It's that time of year again. Second- and third-year law students are gearing up for summer-associate season with hopes of ultimately securing a permanent position after graduation.
You gained considerable interviewing experience when you went in search of your internship. Now is the time to review that experience and build on it. Think back to your internship interviews with these questions in mind:
The second-year summer internship is probably the most vital stage of the law firm recruiting process. It is extremely difficult to secure an associate position in a major law firm without first being a summer associate. And your chances of getting that job are even better if you are a second-year summer associate. According to the National Association for Law Placement's research on recent fall recruiting seasons, law firms continue to rely on their summer programs as a primary source for new hires. During the fall nearly a decade ago, 83 percent of the second-year summer associates received job offers. This statistic is in sharp contrast to the one-third of third-year students who received job offers during the same fall interview period. These facts reinforce that getting a job that second-year summer is much easier than trying to get an offer once you become a third-year student.