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Top Tips for Being the Best Summer Associate

By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. | Last updated on

You've finally made it. You survived the school year, you got through final exams, and now it's summer. But while summer sure beats law school, it's not entirely a vacation. You've still got that summer associate position (or clerkship, or internship) to take up your summer days.

Your summer associate position could kick start a successful career. It might even end up landing you a job. That is, if you do well. So, to help you out, here are our top tips on how to be the best summer associate (or clerk or intern), from the FindLaw archives.

1. Summer Associates -- 5 Tips to Turn Your Internship Into an Offer

Not having to search for a job after law school would be great, right? That's very much a possibility if you impress the firm you're working for this summer. Sure, you say you're here to get some experience, expand your skill set, and meet new people, but what everyone really wants is a job offer -- so treat your associate position like the summer-long job interview it is.

2. Associate, Clerk, or Intern: Surviving and Thriving This Summer

Even if your summer gig doesn't end with a full-time job offer after graduation, it will still follow you. After all, your summer employer will be the one all future job offerers contact to see if they should bring you on board. So, make sure to make a good impression with these four tips.

3. His and Hers Tips for Summer Associate Dressing

They say to dress for the job you want, not that job you have. But does that mean showing up to the office in a three piece power suit? On a blazing hot day in June? Here are some tips on how to dress for your summer associate position.

4. Top 5 Ways to Survive the Business Lunch

The business lunch is a major perk of the summer job. Even if you're working at an unpaid internship, sooner or later someone should take you out to a nice restaurant while you're on the clock. Use the opportunity to get to know your colleagues and to let your personality shine.

5. Summer Associates, How to Navigate After Hours Work Events

Here's the most important thing to keep in mind when attending your first work-sponsored cocktail hour or mixer: work events are work. If you treat them like such, you can still have fun, network, and make a good impression.

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