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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 - MN Minneapolis

Law Firm,
30hit(s)  
Summer Associate, 2015 Duties: Assist a trial attorney with a pending lawsuit by conducting research and drafting memoranda. Review background documents and have a brainstorming session with the assigning attorney in preparation for a meeting or deposition. Analyze new case law to help write an a...
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Open USA - NY Albany

Law Firm,
130hit(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 - NY New York City

Law Firm,
359hit(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,
203hit(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 - NE Omaha

Law Firm,
261hit(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 - CA Los Angeles

Law Firm,
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2015 1L Litigation Summer Associate The candidate will be writing briefs, motions, and assisting in depositions and witness preparation. Will work with senior associates and partners, either alone or as part of a team with other associates, paralegals and staff. Will handle multiple assignments a...
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Open USA - OH Columbus

Law Firm,
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1L Summer Associates, 2015 The candidate should be First Year Law Students. Interested in meeting any 1Ls with outstanding academic achievement.
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Open USA - PA Pittsburgh

Law Firm,
6hit(s)  
1L Summer Associates The candidates will handle assignments from a variety of practice areas including pro bono work. Will attend a variety of workshops and seminars. Qualified 1L J.D. candidates with excellent academic achievement in a top U.S. law school preferred.
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Open USA - NY New York City

Law Firm,
9hit(s)  
1L Summer Associates The candidates will handle assignments from a variety of practice areas including pro bono work. Will attend a variety of workshops and seminars. Qualified 1L J.D. candidates with excellent academic achievement in a top U.S. law school preferred.
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Open USA - CA Los Angeles

Law Firm,
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1L Summer Associates The candidates will handle assignments from a variety of practice areas including pro bono work. Will attend a variety of workshops and seminars. Qualified 1L J.D. candidates with excellent academic achievement in a top U.S. law school preferred.
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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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