Summer Associates & Legal Interns: Take a few notes on these Top 10 Do's (and a couple of "Don'ts")

Posted on 05-21-2015 by
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We are quickly approaching the time of year when many firms and organizations take on Summer Associates or Summer Interns. After posing a question to seasoned, legal practitioners – What Advice Do You Have for Summer Associates – here is some advice to those taking on a summer law position.

To other professionals in the legal industry, what do you think? Do you have any other tips for summer associates or summer interns?

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Posted on : 6 Jul 2015 6:55 PM

Do you have any suggestions for keeping unpaid interns motivated when there's clearly no opportunity to hire him/her for the long term?

Posted on : 7 Jul 2015 2:10 PM

I experienced this same struggle when I was an intern. Shortly after I started in the role, I found out that there wasn't an opportunity for the company to keep me on full time. Since I knew this was the case, I used the role as an opportunity to better position myself (and my resume) in the eyes of a potential employer. I tried to stay motivated by thinking how the position was helping me earn practical experience; whereas, many of my peers were not earning anything in this capacity. Looking back now, I think the practical experience I earned was the key in helping me better position myself in job market, and I believe that is still the case today.

Although, I know that it really is difficult to stay motivated, you might want to try and do something for yourself during the day (as corny as that may sound). Even if it is taking 15 minutes on your own to enjoy a cup of coffee outside. Thinking back, taking a break and NOT thinking of the job search was the most difficult thing to do.

Best of luck to you! 

Travis Burchart
Travis Burchart
Posted on : 7 Jul 2015 3:21 PM

Newly married, no job in sight, I interned for a solo attorney. For several months, I busted my hump for zero dollars and zero job security. But I shook as many hands as I could, impressed as many people as I could, and learned, learned, learned. I patiently waited for a door to open. My motivation was always, "Be so incredibly pleasant, so extraordinarily personal and so remarkably hard working, that not hiring me would be very painful to everyone in the office." Likewise, I built my network, hoping to impress anyone and everyone outside the office. After 3 - 4 months, the solo attorney hired me part-time to do research. A couple months later, I was hired full-time for a corporate position.

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