Law students are now expected to graduate with at least two legal internship experiences under their belt, including externships, clinics, fellowships, summer associate positions, clerkships, or simply a part-time law job during the school year. These opportunities are crucial for getting post-graduate attorney positions, building your practical legal skills, getting strong recommendations, and developing valuable working relationships with attorneys who will be career-long allies.
The stakes are high and you owe it to yourself to optimize your performance. Here are 7 big things that will help you make the most out of your internship:
Your legal internship is one of the most important experiences you have during law school. Taking classes and late nights of studying are vital, but you’re really tested when it comes to excelling in the real work environment, finding your niche, bonding with practicing attorneys, and forging your career path.
Maxwell D. Rosenthal is in-house counsel at a large media and entertainment company in New York City. He is also the author of The Bridge: How to Launch Your Career through a Legal Internship (Lexis Nexis 2015), which can be found on his website www.bridgethebook.com. Max also frequently speaks at law schools and bar associations on topics related to career development and legal experiential learning. He can be reached at Max@bridgethebook.com or on twitter at @MaxDRosenthal.
A new survey finds that 35% of the leaders of large law firms can envision a law-focused version of IBM’s artificial intelligent computer Watson replacing first year associates in the next five to ten years. The survey (PDF), which polled the managing partners and chairs of 320 firms of 50+ attorneys, also shows that 47% of firm leaders see paralegals being replaced by technology in the same time frame.
When Northwestern announced their Accelerated JD program in 2008, the law school touted their new program as an innovation that would “minimize opportunity costs and maximize learning for high achievers eager to resume their careers. ” But last week Northwestern abruptly ended the program after only six years, citing the inability to grow the pool of applicants enough to make supporting the program economically viable.
If you didn’t catch our previous post about BigLaw employee benefit packages, take a look here. In that post, we outlined “typical” benefits that BigLaw firms offer their associates, and highlighted some very important but often underutilized benefits that can greatly improve associate quality of life.
If you’ve ever used a job search engine such as Indeed or Monster, you may have come across some strange or otherwise perplexing job postings. These can often be amusing due to unfortunate spelling errors or odd language syntax, but there might be more to it than just a few silly mistakes.