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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 Palo Alto

Law Firm,
8hit(s)  
Summer Associate The candidate should have J.D./Doctorate degree. 2nd Year students can apply.
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Open USA - AZ Phoenix

Law Firm,
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Summer Associate, 2015 The applicant will assist attorneys prepare for hearings and brief issues before arbitrators as well as all courts and administrative agencies in matters arising under traditional (e.g., National Labor Relations Act, Railway Labor Act, Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosur...
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Open USA - AL Birmingham

Law Firm,
164hit(s)  
Summer Associates The candidate should have good academic grades.
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Open USA - TN Nashville

Law Firm,
137hit(s)  
Summer Associate Program The law students should have an exemplary academic records, evidenced by high grades, law review or moot court experience, extracurricular activities, and leadership roles. Second-year law students are sought for. Observe and participate in depositions, trials, oral argumen...
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Open USA - NY Rochester

Law Firm,
183hit(s)  
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 - DC Washington

Law Firm,
127hit(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,
238hit(s)  
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 - AL Montgomery

Law Firm,
93hit(s)  
Summer Associates The candidate should have good academic grades.
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Open USA - MD Columbia

Law Firm,
114hit(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 - CA San Francisco

Law Firm, Min 2 yrs required
16hit(s)  
Summer Associates Duties: Handle work assignments similar to those of associates. Attend court appearances and depositions, participate in a weekly attorney lunch discussing current litigation issues, and join in various social activities. Work on international and local unions, workers, environmen...
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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.

Summer Associating Gone Right: Tips for Turning a Summer Associate Job into a Career

My summer associate experience was just about ideal. I knew I wanted to practice California water law, so I did my homework about firms that had good water practices. I interviewed with those firms (there was only one that really stood out) and got the summer position I wanted. I worked hard over the summer and, at the end of the program, received a job offer. I have been with the same firm, Nossaman, LLP, for over three years now. Because of my focused search, I am able to practice water law. Plus, I have been elected as the associate representative on the firm's Executive Committee. And, a mere four years after I sat in front of my first Nossaman attorney during my on-campus interview, I now find myself on the other side of the equation, interviewing bright and hopeful law students for our summer associate program.

Types Of Summer Jobs And How To Find Them

If you are not on an early graduation plan that will include classes during the summer break, then you need to seek employment that will enhance your legal education and hopefully increase your future employment options. Although first-year students are understandably worn, having survived the first year of battle, they cannot afford either financially, or future-placement-wise, to sit idle or endure unrelated employment.

   
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