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    What If I Don’t Like My Intern?

    Ok, so first I figure this was a good time to post this when I have NO interns assigned to me so that no one can think this is me throwing shade. I’ve manage a lot of interns since I began practicing–a lot. And if you ask any attorney that works with students frequently, they’ll tell you some interns they LOVED and some…were their interns lol. So I know that as new attorneys, working with students, we end up working with a medley of people and some we like, some we don’t. That’s normal–everyone isn’t for everybody, you know? But it can be difficult when we have a duty to…

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    Lowered Expectations: Managing Interns & Boring Assignments

    So here’s a funny story—practicing law can be boring.  The day to day necessities can be tedious and annoying. Even when we really enjoy practicing law, there are parts of procedure and the rules that are just super boring. I mention this because many of us are about to start supervising interns and one of the biggest things we have to do when managing interns is to help manage their expectations—especially as they realize that the day to day of legal work isn’t exactly what they envisioned. First, most students, through no fault of their own, don’t really know what practicing law entails. I recall one student I interviewed that…

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    Summer Series: Finding Your Voice After 1L Year

    Our Summer Series continues! This series highlights different Latina students and law grads as they embark in their summer jobs and/or bar prep all across the country. We hope to provide a variety of work experiences, options for a healthy work-life balance, and general motivation through different guest contributors to help you to take charge of your summer and professional goals!  Today we hear from Maria Celina, a rising 2L practicing hands-on lawyering at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, who shows us what’s it’s like to re-discover your passion in law & justice after surviving 1L Year. My name is Maria Celina Márquez and I am a rising 2L at The George Washington University Law…

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    Mid-Summer Self-Review

    Many internship/summer associate positions undergo a mid-summer review to get an assessment of your summer experience.  While these reviews can provide important feedback and opportunities for different experiences, it is also important that you do an honest self-review of your own work.  Sometimes, as interns, we go through the motions and just live for the weekend, or at most, the end of your internship where you’ll get to have a little bit of summer vacation before the academic year begins.  It’s easy to forget the forest for the trees.  The forest being your first job post-law school/professional reputation. Even if you don’t like the agency, or are convinced that this…

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    Turning your Internship into a Job

    Let me paint a scenario of a time when I let a big opportunity slip through my fingers: The time: fall 2008, and I’m half-way into an externship with a really great agency.  I turn in an assignment to my supervising attorney who reminds me that applications for summer internships at this agency are due in a week. Cue: me saying, “oh ok,” and totally missing the huge sign of my boss encouraging me to apply for a PAID summer internship.  No, instead I decide to apply to a different agency that summer for an internship that does not pay me for my time (an internship I could have done during the school…

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    Working with Interns as a New Attorney

    Summer is my favorite time at work—not because of the nice weather or all the trips planned, but because we have a ton of student interns working with us, and that means that I’m going to get a ton of work done. A TON! Now, when I was still very new, I was uncomfortable directing students and didn’t know how to give them proper guidance. I would be disappointed in the completed work, and instead of confronting the student; I’d decide to just do the work myself. I think that is the method a lot of attorneys take because they get frustrated in the amount of work they have to…

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    Mistakes to Avoid as a Legal Intern

    Summer internships/externships/clerkships/associate positions are starting soon (if they haven’t already started).   It goes without saying that these next few weeks are an important part of your legal career. You expand your professional network, increase your legal skillsets, and get a better idea of what kind of law you do (and don’t) want to practice. It’s also true that first impressions really matter and you have to make sure that you portray yourself as a professional, capable, and attentive intern. With that said, here are some missteps you want to avoid so as to put your best foot forward. One. Don’t be distracted by electronics.  Let me tell you how annoying…

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    Supervising Law Students

    I remember the first student I ever supervised as a new attorney.  It was an awkward relationship.  I was all of 9 months removed from law school and felt so out of my element asking this student to help me do research.  I was weak and hesitant in my requests, and remember being surprised when the student turned in her “research”–not a memo like I had expected, but rather print-out of a whole bunch of cases.  Yikes.  Though in her defense, I never once explained or clarified what kind of work I wanted from her.  Thankfully, I have learned a lot since then and am pretty confident in managing student…