Stay away from the karaoke bar. Use your spell-check. What’s the best advice to give this year’s crop of summer associates? In an informal survey, Legal Times asked associates and partners at law firms in Washington, D.C.: What was the most important thing you learned as a summer associate? We collected a lot of good advice — for summer associates and for anyone, for that matter.

Kevin Mosley, Miller & Chevalier
Summer associate, 2001 and 2002.

What was the most important thing? Learning how to manage my career. The basic thing was that I thought, “This is what I might be doing for the next five, 10 or 20 years, and while I’m having fun and going out, I should also start trying to figure out what the heck I’m going to do.”

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