Monday, May 09, 2005

Summer associate success

Today, I received an e-mail from the Office for Career Services with an attachment: "Tips for Succeeding as a Summer Associate." Over the next several weeks, 2Ls will be swarming large metropolitan areas, paid insane amounts to do clerical work, and as the memo makes painfully clear, be on our best behavior lest we not be invited back after graduation.

Some of the more memorable tips:
Record all of the time that you actually put into your assignments (not how long you think it should have taken you). It is the partner’s job, not yours, to determine when and how to discount your billable hours for the client. Do not lose credit for all the hard work that you are putting in.

Why would I bill less hours than I actually worked?

Limit your internet use and be sure to avoid even questionable sites. Remember, the firm can track your use. Resist the urge to procrastinate by downloading games, shopping, surfing, emailing, or IMing with friends.

So much for viewing porn on the client's time.

A perceived attitude of entitlement or arrogance (especially from a Harvard student) could easily cost you an offer.

I'll leave this one to Bum from Jersey and JTerpsLaw to comment on.

Meet every deadline, even if it means skipping the ballgame from the firm's box seats!

Allegedly, one of my interviewers had tickets to game seven of the Yankees-Red Sox last fall. Would you have missed that one to make a deadline?

Always bring a pen or pencil and paper to an assigning attorney’s office and make sure you understand what he or she is asking you to do.

What if I embroidered his or her words? Would that make him or her feel important enough?

On the other hand, I'm told I don't want to go too far in that department:

[R]esist the urge to date or “hook up” with another summer associate, attorney, or staff person. As much as you do not want to spread gossip, you certainly do not want to be the subject of it, or risk the fall-out of a romance gone-bad.
And now for my favorite:
Watch your alcohol intake and limit yourself to one or two drinks at an event, depending on your tolerance. Getting drunk or even “buzzed” will impair your judgment and loosen your tongue. . . . And, it should go without saying, avoid the use of illegal drugs under any circumstances.
If it goes without saying, why say it? Are there really people that dumb?

6 Comments:

Blogger The Critics said...

"Why would I bill less hours than I actually worked?"

You might want to re-read their statement. There is no indica of listing a lesser number of hours, to the contrary, one would assume you would indicate a greater number on your billable hours in order to trump up your seemingly productive day, and thus, Career Services would want to oppose this.
*****
"So much for viewing porn on the client's time."

It's actually the firm's time. You only bill the client for the work you do. IMing, shopping et al are regular incidents that transpire during employment.
*****
" A perceived attitude of entitlement or arrogance (especially from a Harvard student) could easily cost you an offer."

Where do I begin? Perhaps the student, knowing that he attends one of the top 3 law schools in the country, chooses to adopt a demeanor that is in-line with the respect he feels he commands or should command, as a result of his schooling. Or, perhaps the 2L that the Career Services is addressing does not actually attend HLS!
*****
"Allegedly, one of my interviewers had tickets to game seven of the Yankees-Red Sox last fall. Would you have missed that one to make a deadline?"

Hell no! Uh, I mean, yes Sir, right away Sir.
******
"What if I embroidered his or her words? Would that make him or her feel important enough?"

Not as important as his Top 3 Law School pedigree makes him feel.
*****
" As much as you do not want to spread gossip, you certainly do not want to be the subject of it, or risk the fall-out of a romance gone-bad."

I can think of some other things that you certainly do not want to spread. Perhaps Career Services was being PC by it's choice of "gossip" as quantitatively descriptive of "things that spread".
******
"If it goes without saying, why say it? Are there really people that dumb?"

It's Harvard. What do you expect?

5/09/2005 09:13:00 PM  
Blogger bum from jersey said...

i am confused. if you can't watch porn on client's time why be a lawyer? a lawyer w/ ethics, unheard of!

poys

5/09/2005 10:03:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this is why I was let go from a temporary paralegal position I held prior to starting law school. Too much IM'ing with POYS at the office. Oh, and I also commented to a fellow worker that our supervisor was a bit of a neurotic.


- Good Ol' Mr. Burp

5/10/2005 12:59:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

mr. burp, you and i should trade stories about inappropriate things we have done at work. i have some doozies!

5/10/2005 03:11:00 PM  
Blogger bum from jersey said...

i actually read your post (you know, for those who have the ability to skim and get the point of what they are reading, please teach me, because i can't do that!) and have some comments.

1. i am a real yankees fan (while you aren't) and i still wouldn't miss a deadline to go to game 7. yeah, it might be a once in a lifetime opportunity (the baseball game) but you have priorities and if you are telling me a sporting event is one of your top priorities and you aren't a member of that franchise, i think you need to poys, mr. speckles.

i have friends who attended presitigous universities like HARVARD, penn, columbia, etc, etc, who i don't think rub in that they went to great schools. i think that tip serves as a reminder versus a warning. people use the fact they went to a good school to get them in the door but once in, they remove the label and try to blend in i would think. then again, where i work you don't have a lot of people who went to "prestigous" schools so maybe i am unaware of a work environment where this happens.

screw (what an awesome pun) the dating rule. if you know you aren't returning there and you won't see the person again, why not have fun?! a relationship that will have a garunteed end? swweeeeeeet.

the last suggestion about limiting drinking confuses me. i thought people at HARVARD LAW drink martinis and champagne like water? are they saying to abandon that tradition you hold so dearly? doesn't make much sense to me.

5/10/2005 05:28:00 PM  
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10/02/2005 11:13:00 AM  

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