Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Advice for Summer Associates

The WSJ Law Blog has a funny post about summer associates. The post highlights a list of the “Top Ten Things Law Students Do that Annoy Your Hiring Partner During the Summer."

10) Ask to leave work early for various non-emergency related reasons (e.g. guests are coming and I need to clean up my house).

9) Put in a request for reimbursement for a $1.85 cup of coffee you had while on brief work travel.

8) “Personalize” your summer associate office as if it is your full time office — hanging pictures and diplomas on walls!

4) Leaving summer associate events early — an obvious “no no” is leaving before anyone else without a valid excuse explained in advance. This is especially bad if it is a small event and people will notice your absence.

2) Seeking to date support staff/attorneys. . . .You will have plenty of time for dating after the summer associate program is done. Be professional and focused.

1) Failing to show up — for work, events, etc. If you are invited to a hiring partner’s house for a summer associate event — RSVP (by the deadline!) yes and show up on a timely basis. It is not appropriate to “pop by” at 10:00 p.m. These are people at home. They are hosting the event for YOU. Show up on time - do not bring guests unless guests are invited and you have RSVP’d. Be charming and pleasant. Be respectful. DO NOT take off your flip flops (btw, don’t wear flip flops!) and put your bare feet on the partner’s couch/chair, etc — YES, I saw this one happen myself. YOU ARE NOT AT HOME. Talk to the host’s wife/husband/partner, talk to the other attorneys and guests. Leave when others appear to be leaving. It would be nice to send a handwritten thank you the next day or two.

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