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Summer associate jobs are a natural first step for law school students to "try out" different law firms. These positions are at the bottom of the law firm's management hierarchy and are intended for law school students who have completed at least two years of law school.

This is an intern position and because the associates are still in law school, they have not passed the bar exam in their state yet. These employees are often called summer clerks or law clerks.

This is a highly competitive position and while internships may be unpaid in smaller firms, there is often a salary associated with a position in a larger firm. Many firms use this avenue as a way to also try out potential employees, and upon a successful summer, may offer full time employment upon graduation. In fact, there are firms that use this intern program as their primary recruiting tool for new hires.

Because this is such a highly competitive arena, a summer associate needs to understand that every movement over the summer will be critiqued and analyzed by other attorneys. In fact, summer associates should look at the summer months as an extended interview. Treat every event, every encounter as a part of that long term interview.

It's important to find a mentor in the law firm. While it's important to get to know everybody, it's equally advisable to find someone that can show you the ropes in the firm. This is a great way to get to know the culture of the firm. In addition, summer clerks should have someone proofread their work and provide guidance. The mentor - and others - can provide invaluable feedback. A smart summer associate will digest all forms of feedback, criticism and compliment alike, and redirect his or her actions in accordance with this feedback.

Over the summer, a competent law clerk will notate every rule and ensure that no corners are cut. This may be as simple as making sure to adhere to the dress code or not sneaking out five minutes early before the weekend.

As the economy struggles to recover from the recession, law firms may still be cutting back on summer intern jobs. However, there are still options available for this invaluable job experience.
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Open USA - CA San Francisco

Law Firm,
2L IP Summer Associate The Summer Associates must be second-year JD students interested in intellectual property. Must have excellent academic credentials, attend an ABA-accredited law school and hold an undergraduate or advanced degree in Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electri...
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Open USA - NY New York City

Law Firm,
192hit(s)  
Summer Associate The candidate will be given a wide variety of assignments designed to enhance skills and stimulate intellect. While will primarily hire second and third-year law students, will even hired first-year law students as well. Should have excellent academic credentials with special consi...
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Open USA - CO Denver

Law Firm,
55hit(s)  
Summer Program Summer associates participate in several training programs encompassing various aspects of the profession. These programs include writing skills, deposition skills, library research, and public speaking. Summer associates can work with attorneys in several departments of their choice...
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Open USA - MN Minneapolis

Law Firm,
54hit(s)  
Summer Program Summer associates participate in several training programs encompassing various aspects of the profession. These programs include writing skills, deposition skills, library research, and public speaking. Summer associates can work with attorneys in several departments of their choice...
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Open USA - TX Houston

Law Firm,
150hit(s)  
Summer Clerkship Program The program is designed to give law students first-hand experience in the legal profession and a feel for what it's like to be an associate at the firm. Attorneys from all sections within the firm turn in clerk assignments which are then randomly distributed to the clerks a...
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Open USA - NH Manchester

Law Firm,
143hit(s)  
Summer Associates The candidate should have good grades. First-Year Students:Should have a superior academic record in college and a demonstrable connection to, or interest in living and working in New Hampshire, Second-Year Students:Should have a superior academic record in college and a demonstr...
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Open USA - TX Houston

Law Firm,
5hit(s)  
2015 Summer Associate Program Interns should be 2Ls and have excellent academics. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. law school.
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Open USA - PA Pittsburgh

Law Firm,
6hit(s)  
2015 Summer Associate Program Interns should be 2Ls and have excellent academics. Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited U.S. law school.
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Open USA - NH Concord

Law Firm,
174hit(s)  
Summer Associates First-Year Students:1Ls with a superior academic record in college and a demonstrable connection to, or interest in living and working in New Hampshire, are encouraged to submit a cover letter, resume, undergraduate transcript, law school transcript (if available) and writing samp...
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Open USA - KS Overland Park

Law Firm,
109hit(s)  
Summer Associates The program is designed to introduce summer associates to the practices, to clients and to what it is like to be a firm lawyer. Will attend depositions, oral arguments, closings, board meetings and observe courtroom and discovery procedures. Will tackle substantive, challenging wo...
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Succeeding as a Summer Associate

Recently, the Office of Career Services at NYU Law School sent out a memo giving advice to summer associates. This was quite timely, of course, as the summer associate season is in full swing.

Landing the Perfect Summer Associate Job

With the slew of law firms closing one after another and the dubious Great Recovery in place of the Great Recession the definition of a “perfect summer associate job” has, of course, changed quite a bit. Depending upon your inclinations, even a non-paying summer job in the government sector may be great for you if it meets your career objectives. But, for the sake of this article, we would be assuming the ‘perfect summer associate’ job to be the job of a summer associate in a private law firm of middle-to-big stature, and one that would almost cement your chances of getting recruited after your J.D.

Responding to Summer Associate Job Offers

The climax of the recruiting season is when you finally hear from the firms you've been interviewing with since early fall. You eagerly, but nervously check your mailbox each day, hoping that you'll find offers instead of rejections. This can be nerve-racking. But there is much to consider during this time, and you need to cover your bases. Should you split your summer between two firms? How much time should you take to make your decision without jeopardizing your offers? What facts should your offer letters contain? I'll lead you through this maze and help you answer these questions so that you cover your bases.

   
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