Whether you are preparing for your school's upcoming Spring OCI or starting to plan for the summer OCI process, interviewing for a summer associate position can be overwhelming. Let's face it, most law students have had very little experience in the legal industry, and it can be difficult to determine the differences among firms—which all start to blend together. Then once OCI starts, you will be caught up in back-to-back screening interviews, callbacks, and networking receptions. So how do you select the right firm in this job-hunt whirlwind?
We asked current law firm associates for their advice. In Vault’s Annual Associate Survey, associates answered the following question: Looking back, what advice would you give to yourself as a law student considering which summer associate program to select? Read on for some associate insights on making this critical career decision.
Now that the holidays are but a distant memory, we’ve reached the time of year that 1Ls have been anxiously awaiting: the release of first semester grades. Unfortunately for many 1Ls, the first set of law school grades proves to be disappointing.
One of the best parts about practicing law is the range of people with whom you will work. There is not one set background for a lawyer, so you will find yourself collaborating with former teachers, scientists, artists, doctors, writers, finance professionals, veterans—you name it.
Law firms sure know how to show their summer associates a good time—from dinners at top restaurants to Broadway shows to yacht cruises to firmwide retreats at a luxury resort. Firms dedicate a tremendous amount of time and money to planning these social events so that summer associates can bond with fellow summers and meet as many firm attorneys as possible —and also so that the firm’s attorneys can get to know the summers.
For those who are invested in such things, be they prospective students assessing which school to attend or alumni wondering how the prestige of their alma mater is faring, the new US News law rankings released on March 28. There was one extremely significant event in the ranking shifts this year, as some predicted given the changes in US News' methodology over last year.
You’ve just received word that your job is going to switch to the fully remote paradigm. That means no more travel expenses or traffic, no more rushing frenetically from place to place, and no more of the crushing outfit dilemma you’ve faced with each new day.
On Friday, May 20, 2022, Vault Law will host an OCI Readiness Summit for law students looking to prepare for and find summer and other associate positions through OCI. You can register for this free informational summit here, and learn more about it below.