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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

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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 - NY New York City

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Summer Associates The work assignments for summer associates are substantive and include research and writing assignments, client meetings, conference calls, depositions and attending hearings. Will attend practice area seminars. Participate in mock negotiations and trials run by our corporate and ...
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Open USA - CA Los Angeles

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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 - OH Alliance

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Summer Associate Program The candidate should preferably be in the Top third of the law school class. Both undergraduate and law school academic achievements are considered. Relevant undergraduate disciplines, the overall law school curricula, participation in extracurricular activities and especia...
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Open USA - WA Seattle

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2015 Summer Associate The candidate should be law students with skills that will enhance the firm's goals and credo. 2Ls with good academic record with involvement in journals and/or moot court, work and leadership experience, law school activities, community involvement. Will participate in deposi...
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Open USA - MA Worcester

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Summer Associate, 2015 Candidates must have strong academic credentials and solid writing and research skills.
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Open USA - FL Fort Lauderdale

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Summer Associate, 2015 The candidate will work on complex matters in a professional office environment. Top 20% of class and excellent writing skills are required, as well as a strong interest in commercial litigation and health law.
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Open USA - TX Houston

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Summer Associate, 2015 The candidate should have strong interest in private equity M&A and have a record of outstanding academic achievement, evidence of initiative and a desire to assume substantive responsibility early. JD/MBA candidates, those with business backgrounds and those interested in en...
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Open USA - TX Austin

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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 - 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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