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On the Job and Professionalism

  • Maintain a Constant Work Stream

    June 29, 2023

    Always be proactive so that you consistently have work. Aim to have a constant work stream to stay productive and continue learning. If you are…

  • Having an Issue on the Job? Big or Small, Call Us!

    June 22, 2023

    Having an issue on the job this summer? Worried you did something wrong? Don’t ignore it. You need to nip small issues or concerns about…

  • Preview Interview Scheduling

    June 22, 2023

    Reminder: employers have been asked to schedule interviews around your work schedules. If you are asked to interview during times you have work commitments, you…

  • Check Your Voicemail and Spam Folder

    June 16, 2023

    As firms start outreach to students about Preview interviews, make sure your voicemail is set up and professional and that you are checking it frequently. Also…

  • Dealing with Deadlines

    June 14, 2023

    Missing deadlines is always unacceptable and could jeopardize your ability to secure an offer with your firm. Stay on top of all of your deadlines…

  • Splitting the Summer? Don’t Lose Momentum!

    June 14, 2023

    If you are splitting your summer between two different firms or offices, you must stay conscientious and focused because you will need to make a…

  • Considering Changing Firms or Markets

    June 8, 2023

    As you start your summer job, you may already be thinking about what’s next and considering a change of firm or market next summer/after graduation.

  • A Draft is Never “Just” a Draft

    June 1, 2023

    Every piece of work you turn in should be the highest quality that you are capable of. Even if you are asked for a “draft,”…

  • Make Written Work Product One of Your Summer Goals

    June 1, 2023

    To the extent you have any choices among projects in your summer job, try to seek out writing projects. These projects will help develop your…

  • Use Technology Wisely This Summer

    June 1, 2023

    This summer when completing assignments, make sure you are using firm technology wisely. Do not use firm technology for personal use, always use reputable…

  • Summer Job Resources

    May 25, 2023

    As you prepare to begin summer jobs, keep in mind a few key resources that may prove useful this summer. First, Hotshot Legal (you…

  • Cultivating Professional Mentors and Supporters

    May 25, 2023

    Beginning with the first day of your summer job, you should try to work with and speak to as many attorneys as possible, and try…

  • Track Your Client Matters This Summer

    May 25, 2023

    Conflicts checks are a necessary part of legal practice which will one day become second nature. For now, you can simplify your life down…

  • Summer Success

    May 18, 2023

    Make sure you are ready to put your best foot forward this summer. If you haven’t already, review the Professionalism Primer section of our…

  • Following Up After Events

    February 9, 2023

    After attending employer events, including last night’s Market Mixer, many students wonder about following up with those they met at the event. After a particularly good or lengthy conversation with an attorney, or if an attorney or recruiter encourages you to follow up, it is entirely appropriate to follow up with an email.

  • Turning Down Offers

    February 2, 2023

    If you want to decline an offer, remember that even declining an offer is an opportunity to build your reputation and cultivate a relationship. Handle it professionally by following these guidelines.

  • Employer Events RSVP Protocol

    January 23, 2023

    With law firm receptions, understanding RSVP protocol is important. Firms track which students RSVP and attend their events, and may consider this information when considering a candidate. When making RSVP decisions, consider the following rubric of scenarios.

  • Requesting Extensions on Offers

    January 19, 2023

    At this point in the 1L summer job search, you may be receiving offers from some positions while still interviewing for others. If an employer has extended you an offer with a deadline that does not allow you enough time to interview with and decide between other employers, you may ask the first employer to extend their decision deadline.

  • What to Wear to Employer Events

    January 12, 2023

    Wondering what to wear to law firm events? The dress code for these events can vary by firm and type of event, but the default is business casual.

  • Making Your Best Impression at Professional Events

    December 15, 2022

    During your 1L year, employers will host numerous events, including virtual employer chats and in-person reception-style events. You may even choose to attend some over winter break. Starting next semester, the number of these events will increase substantially.

  • Email Etiquette for the Job Hunter

    November 17, 2022

    Before you begin sending out your applications for this summer’s job opportunities or for networking inquiries, review these tips on professional email etiquette. Keep email short and on-point. Most lawyers get hundreds of emails each day.