I am a second-year associate, and I look forward to work every day. Yes, it’s true. And no, I am not one of those people who just loves the law. How did I find the perfect job? Well, it was no accident.

As soon as I realized that I survived my first year of law school without crying or making a total fool of myself in class (that I know of), it was time to get my resume in order and hope for a decent summer clerkship — or two, if I was lucky. Armed with a list of firms that would be interviewing on campus, I began the overwhelming process of trying to figure out which firms might actually pay me to work for them. Once I got past the basics — firm size, practice areas, salary, billable hours and location — I started focusing on what really matters: people, sense of ownership and open communication.

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