The summer associate program is the time when eager law students are provided their first major glimpse into law firm life. They are paid well, entertained generously and offered opportunities to conduct interesting research and observe skilled attorneys at work.

This is the summer program in its best light. But what lies beneath is a pattern of behavior that places law firms at risk. Generally, the improper activities take place out of the spotlight. The anecdotes emerge during long days back at law school, where students discuss the mixed messages and uninvited overtures they noticed during their summer experience.