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Everything You Need to Know for Your 'First Week at the Firm'

By George Khoury, Esq. | Last updated on

For those lucky law students that actually landed a firm job for the summer, you may have an endless number the number of questions. Luckily, you can search the web, and the FindLaw blogs for legal professionals, to get some answers (without having to sheepishly ask a legal secretary).

Even if you don't have any questions, you may still want to take a few minutes to read over some of the following FindLaw advice columns, as not having any questions means you might actually just not know what to ask. From what to wear to who to trust, FindLaw has the answers. 

First Week at the Firm: 3 Things You Need to Get Used to Hearing

Lucky for you, ritualistic hazing isn't a common concern, at least not until you make partner.

First Week at the Firm: What to Wear Where

Yes, you should dress for success, but that might look different from office to office. When you're new, it's never a bad idea to let people know you fit in before you attempt to stand out.

First Week at the Firm: How to Make a Great Impression

First impressions matter. Making a great one might be all you need to do to turn a summer gig into a permanent position.

First Week at the Firm: Five People You Should Avoid

While law firms aren't reality TV shows, who you align yourself with can matter more than you think. The most interesting partner or associate may also be the most toxic.

First Week at the Firm: How to Get One-on-One Time With Partners

Remember, you want to impress them with your skills, not scare them with your desperation. Protip: Avoid waiting for partners in dimly lit parking lots.

First Week at the Firm: How Long Should You Spend Researching?

There's no hard and fast rule for how long research should take. If it's taking too long, don't be afraid to seek out direction, and make sure you know what you're researching. If you got an answer too quick, double check it.

First Week at the Firm: How to Deal With Stress

Legal work is often stressful. Finding healthy, non-destructive, ways to deal with that stress is critical for your long-term success and health.

First Week at the Firm: How to Handle Your Court's Local Rules

If you're going to be working on cases and showing up to court, you better get to know the local court rules, otherwise you could find yourself facing the ire of a judge for not wearing socks!

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