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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 - NY New York City

Law Firm,
332hit(s)  
Summer Program The program is designed to maximize the exposure of summer associates to various practice groups, industries and client teams. Will research and help prepare briefs on cutting-edge legal issues. Attend client meetings, trials and deal negotiations. Help prepare attorneys for oral arg...
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Open USA - MD Rockville

Law Firm,
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Summer Intern Program Interns are given various assignments that are intended to expose them to estate planning. The candidate should have good academic grades.
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Open USA - WI Madison

Law Firm,
Summer Program, 2015 The summer associate will be responsible for obtaining, compiling, and reviewing factual information for cases; performing relevant legal research; analyzing factual and legal material; and preparing memos, reports, and other documents for attorneys and clients. Will work on le...
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Open USA - MA Boston

Law Firm,
5hit(s)  
2015 Summer Associate Program Candidates should have strong academic achievement; participation in law review, journal, or clinical legal work; diverse life experiences and backgrounds. 2Ls can apply.
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Open USA - NY Albany

Law Firm,
118hit(s)  
Summer Intern Program Interns are given various assignments that are intended to expose them to estate planning. The candidate should have good academic grades.
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Open USA - DC Washington

Law Firm,
3hit(s)  
Summer Associate, 2015 The candidate should have strong academic credentials and highly motivated, talented and well-rounded individuals. Law Review, moot court and other indicators of intellectual curiosity and drive are looked upon favorably.
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Open USA - CA Los Angeles

Law Firm,
Summer Program, 2015 The summer associate will be responsible for obtaining, compiling, and reviewing factual information for cases; performing relevant legal research; analyzing factual and legal material; and preparing memos, reports, and other documents for attorneys and clients. Will work on le...
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Open USA - NE Omaha

Law Firm,
244hit(s)  
Summer Associates The firm structures its Summer Associate Program to provide exposure to a variety of the firm's practice areas. Summer associates work directly with partners and associates on a wide variety of interesting and challenging projects, and summer associates have the opportunity to att...
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Open USA - PA Philadelphia

Law Firm,
7hit(s)  
2015 Summer Associate Program Candidates should have strong academic achievement; participation in law review, journal, or clinical legal work; diverse life experiences and backgrounds. 2Ls can apply.
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Open USA - OR Portland

Law Firm,
Summer Program, 2015 The summer associate will be responsible for obtaining, compiling, and reviewing factual information for cases; performing relevant legal research; analyzing factual and legal material; and preparing memos, reports, and other documents for attorneys and clients. Will work on le...
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Career Management for Attorneys Not Given its Due Importance at Law Schools

There are essentially three phases to a lawyer's career, one of which may or may not ever be realized. They are: (1) the Grinder, (2) the Minder, and (3) the Finder and Binder. The Grinder is the first- through third-year attorney who grinds out legal product—of a sufficient quality and in a billable quantity—to keep the partner and firm happy. Some time around the fourth year (give or take a year), management of other attorneys and a bit of client contact usually come into play. The attorney who is more than seven years out of school and has no clients is the Senior Minder, the most precarious position one can have in the profession. Why? If firm profits ever take a dive, these are the first people fired (in most cases, eventually replaced by less expensive associates). Finally, if knowledge, talent, training, and support from the firm are present, an attorney may become a Finder and Binder, also known as a Rainmaker.

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.

Second-Year Summer Associate Work

Looking for a second-year summer job is arguably the most important thing you will do during law school. The reason for this is that the type of second-year summer job you obtain and how well you do at it will significantly affect where you work upon graduation. Accordingly, looking for a second-year summer job is not something to be taken lightly.

   
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