Everything You Need to Know for Your 'First Week at the Firm'
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.
Lucky for you, ritualistic hazing isn't a common concern, at least not until you make partner.
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 impressions matter. Making a great one might be all you need to do to turn a summer gig into a permanent position.
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.
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.
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.
Legal work is often stressful. Finding healthy, non-destructive, ways to deal with that stress is critical for your long-term success and health.
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!
- Can a Lawyer Become a Sports Agent? Of Course! (FindLaw's Greedy Associates)
- Lawyer Faces Murder Charge in Drunk Driving Case (FindLaw's Greedy Associates)
- Lawyer Disciplined for Sexting Minor (FindLaw's Greedy Associates)
You Don’t Have To Solve This on Your Own – Get a Lawyer’s Help
Meeting with a lawyer can help you understand your options and how to best protect your rights. Visit our attorney directory to find a lawyer near you who can help.