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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 - TX Houston

Law Firm,
Summer Associates The program is based on the split-summer model. The firm prefers a six-week summer commitment. Will have the opportunity to explore all areas of practice, which spans the spectrum of intellectual property law.
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Open USA - CA San Francisco

Law Firm,
Summer Program The firm offers summer program for second-year law students that provides a challenging and realistic law firm experience. The program gives students a chance to interact with associates and partners to gain an understanding of the firm's culture. Summer clerks work on varied, intere...
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Open USA - KS Overland Park

Law Firm,
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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Open USA - NY Rochester

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Summer Program The firm conducts an extensive summer program for second year law students. Those selected to participate spend approximately 10-12 weeks with the firm, usually beginning after Memorial Day. The firm looks for candidates who have demonstrated excellent academic credentials and releva...
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Open USA - GA Atlanta

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Summer Associate Program, 2014 The program is designed to give summer associates a comprehensive view of the firm's practice while giving the firm an opportunity to evaluate the skills of the summer associates. First and second-year law students are considered.
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Open USA - MD Rockville

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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 - NH Manchester

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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 - KY Louisville

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Summer Associate Program Summer Associate will be exposed to the work ethic and character of company while affording the Firm an opportunity to gain valuable insight into those same attributes of a potential Associate. Will gain experience in a variety of service areas and give them an opportunity ...
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Open USA - MD Columbia

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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 - OH Dublin

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Summer Program The summer associates are assigned an associate mentor. The mentor and summer associate interact closely throughout the summer. Projects are assigned based on a summer associate's expressed areas of interest and to provide exposure to a wide variety of work. In addition, assignments ...
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