Making the summer associate experience a win-win

Making the summer associate experience a win-win

The summer experience has big stakes for both the law firm and the summer associate.

Most firms hire summer associates as a talent pipeline for their full-time associate ranks. The summer is an important evaluation period and recruiting period. The firm wants summers to be excited about full-time employment. This process, done annually, fosters a firm’s growth and evolution.

The summer program is equally important to the summer associate. The summer wants a full-time job; it’s harder to find a permanent spot as a rising 3L without an offer in hand. The summer also wants to create a positive reputation at the firm, because that reputation lays the foundation for long-term success at the firm.

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5 Tips for Summer Success: What Every Law Student Needs To Know

5 Tips for Summer Success: What Every Law Student Needs To Know

—Julie Schrager

For some students, summer is a break from school.  But for many law students, particularly after their 2L year, summer is an important step on the path to a permanent position.  You manage multiple writing assignments (and social events too!) and adapt what you’ve learned to new types of work and interactions.  And even if you are working at a law firm or other setting that either always gives offers or never gives offers, your second summer is an opportunity to develop some of the professional skills that you will need to be successful in whatever position you obtain after you graduate.  

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6 Hacks to Crush Anxiety About Writing

6 Hacks to Crush Anxiety About Writing

This week, we're excited to share our first guest post.  Julie Schrager is an attorney and the legal writing coach at Schiff Hardin, a full-service law firm of more than 300 lawyers in seven offices.  She works closely with summer associates, associates, and partners to improve their legal writing.  Julie firmly believes that everyone can improve their written communication skills.  Below, she shares practical tips that can help anyone feeling anxious or overwhelmed about a written assignment, regardless of industry. Thank you, Julie!

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