Submitted by Desiree Moore
If you’ve landed a summer associate position in this job market, you should be proud. These positions are few and far between, reserved for the best and brightest. Still, your work doesn’t end here. This is just the beginning.
Consider that your summer is one long, extended interview, where your goal is to leave meaningful impressions on all of your law firm colleagues. While this may sound like a tall order, the good news is that it is completely doable. You have all of the tools at your disposal to be a constructive, productive member of your firm over the summer. You have all of the tools you need to succeed.
To take a step back, success as a summer associate generally does not mean that you’ve written a winning appellate brief or single-handedly closed a complex deal (you’re not licensed, so chances of doing substantive work independently at this level are remote, at best). Instead, your success will center in large part on those soft skills we don’t learn in law school but that, as it turns out, are among the most meaningful in the course of a successful legal career.
Here are five success tips every summer associate should know going into a law firm.