Although the national employment rate for new law graduates has held steady at around 89 percent during the past few years, competition remains brisk for entry-level legal positions, across practice sectors and across the country.

Thus, whether you are a rising 2L facing the prospect of working this summer in an unpaid internship at an organization, a rising 3L soon to become a summer associate in the law firm of your dreams or some variation of the two, you need to take extra care to ensure that you make the most favorable impression possible on your summer employer. After all, these positions often serve as gateways to permanent jobs.

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