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Market competition in recent years has forced law students to be smarter about how they evaluate law firms and how they approach their jobs. The 4,913 responses from The American Lawyer‘s 2004 Summer Associates Survey, as well as comments from law firm partners and recruiting directors, portray a class of summer associates determined to control their own destinies. They worked hard, too.
Whistle While You Work
If 2004′s summer associates had a collective motto, it might be the comment by an intern at Pittsburgh’s Buchanan Ingersoll: “I loved coming to work every day.” In the 2004 Summer Associates Survey, this year’s crop of soon-to-be lawyers positively gushed over how much they liked their firms, their work and the lawyers they worked with. There was little angst voiced this year about getting an offer. Instead, summers knew what they wanted and felt more confident that they would get it. Members Only Summer’s gone, and you don’t have a job offer. Stay calm. Sometimes it’s better not to get invited into the club. New York University School of Law professor Cameron Stracher explains why you play it cool in the face of unemployment. The Firm Reports: From A to Z Read how particular firms — maybe even your firm — rated with summer associates on all kinds of criteria. The ratings cover everything from the summers’ interest in the work they did to the relationships they had with partners to factors that rank the coolness of each firm’s culture. Find firms at the alphabetized links below. A to F G to M N to W Methodology This year’s survey drew responses from 4,913 interns at 182 firms, 159 of which qualified for the national rankings. The survey was conducted from late June to early August. Surveys are distributed through the firms’ recruiting coordinators. Eligible summer associates are second- and third-year law students clerking at firms for at least three weeks during the summer. Read more about how we crunched the numbers.
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