While most law schools do not make a big deal out of it-and you may not even understand why (yet)-getting a job as a summer associate is extremely important to your future career as an attorney (if you hope to work inside of a large law firm).
There are, of course, people I have known who have gotten jobs in large law firms
without being a summer associate first (Yale
graduates who work in the State Department during the summer, attorneys who were federal law clerks for important judges after law school and a few other examples), but it is very rare. Generally, the qualifications of the people who are able to get positions in large law firms without being summer associates in a large law firm are extraordinary in some other respect.
For the most part, unless you get a job as a summer associate with a large law firm, you will have an extremely difficult time getting a position with a large law firm in the future.
Below are ten reasons why it is important to get a summer associate job with a large law firm:
1. Large Law Firms Want to Hire Proven Commodities.
Large law firms want to hire people who are "proven" and who are likely to work out. Believe it or not, there are a lot of people who simply do not have the skills to work in an office.
- They cannot get along with others,
- do not have the right work ethic,
- gossip too much,
- act inappropriately,
- do not take things seriously,
- are not likeable enough,
- or are not good with clients.
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