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The 12 Week Interview

Across the country, law students are surfacing from their stacks of books and papers and are feeling the sun on their skin for the first time since final exams started over a month ago.  However, a summer vacation is not next on the agenda, instead it is time to get ready for the summer associate program, also known as the legal profession’s 12 week interview process.

Other than a shopping trip to buy breathable, moisture-wicking professional attire to keep cool during your commute and that rooftop bar happy hour(s), how else can you prepare for the upcoming summer months?

  • Attend a FREE PLI program
    • On June 23, PLI will hold an in-person, interactive breakfast session specifically designed for summer associates at our New York Conference Center. The program, How to Succeed As A Summer Associate 2015, will offer practical advice and highlight the skills summer associates need to make the most of their experience including:
      • Workload and time management expectations
      • Getting feedback and dealing with criticism
      • Making the most of your mentor
      • How to take advantage of pro bono and training opportunities
      • and Social expectations.

If you can’t attend the June 23 program, you can read the program transcript for last year’s program, “Calling All Summer Associates:  Making the Most of Your Law Firm Internship,” or listen here.

  • Have fun!
    • Part of your job as a a summer associate is to attend firm-organized social events.   Make sure to attend as many events as possible and get to know your potential future colleagues.  Read up on the Top Ten Networking Tips including number ten, “Carry your drink in your left hand – if it’s not in your right, you’ll have to move your drink in order to shake hands, plus, your hand will be cold and wet.  Yuck!”.

And about that wardrobe….you may want to add a few pieces in royal blue, yellow, and dark green. Why Find out here.