Real Work Experience
It's not as easy as it looks to answer a legal question, at least assuming that you want to give the best advice, and we always do. Your summer assignment will not be to copy a case at the law library or to digest all of the Environmental Protection Agency decisions issued since 1975 involving tub mold. Instead, you will have real projects for real clients designed to teach you the process of analyzing a legal problem and coming up with practical and useful answers resulting in sound, helpful legal advice.
Just as we focus on associate professional development once you join us, we want to see professional development over the course of the summer and we think it is our job to make that happen. You will be assigned a reader—i.e., a lawyer who will review your assignments and meet with you several times during the summer to give you feedback and guidelines for improvement. You will also have a liaison—i.e. , a lawyer who will not evaluate you but who will provide support, answer questions, and act as a resource on issues ranging from the best way to tackle a tough research assignment to where to take dry cleaning, and what to wear to a given social event.
During the summer, you will receive formal evaluations, as well as informal feedback, from the assigning attorneys. It's important that you know where you stand and how you are progressing as the summer goes on. Our doors are literally and figuratively open—if you want more feedback than you are getting, speak up, and you shall receive.