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Succeeding in a Summer Associate Program: What Law School Doesn’t Teach You
The Legal Intelligencer

July 13, 2010

During my first year of law school, I vividly remember sitting in a large lecture hall, where professors prepared us to be future attorneys using the Socratic method of teaching. We were challenged to learn the black-letter law and apply it to convoluted fact patterns that seemingly had no correct answer. After first-year exams were complete, many of us tried to regain our sanity before facing the next challenge. Full Text


See Jim Succeed! The Dos and Don’ts of Assignment Management
The Legal Intelligencer
July 13, 2010

As a new or even semi-new associate at a law firm, you will take on many assignments with varying degrees of difficulty and sometimes conflicting deadlines. Assignment management (time management in law firm speak) is probably the key to success for a junior associate. Full Text


Use the Summer to ‘Try On’ Different Practice Areas
The Legal Intelligencer
July 13, 2010

Law schools are designed to teach students legal theory and train them to think like lawyers, but most do not prepare them for the day-to-day realities of legal practice. A contracts class is not going to prepare you to close a merger deal, nor will a torts class teach you to conduct a deposition in a products liability matter. Full Text


Summer Associate Numbers, Pay Drop While Diversity Rises
The Legal Intelligencer
July 13, 2010

The perceived need for fewer entry-level associates at law firms across the state has, perhaps unsurprisingly, resulted in the hiring of significantly fewer summer associates at those same firms. Full Text


First-Year Classes Starting Earlier, But Much Smaller Than 2009
The Legal Intelligencer
July 13, 2010

News for the first-year associate pool seems to have improved when it comes to start dates and the number of firms bringing on first-years, with one exception – the pool of first-year associates to enjoy that news is significantly smaller. Full Text


Summer Associates Survey
The Legal Intelligencer
July 13, 2010

Click here to view the results of our Summer Associates Survey. Chart


First-Year Associates Survey
The Legal Intelligencer
July 13, 2010

Click here to view the results of our First-Year Associates Survey. Chart


Out & About in Philadelphia: Where to Dine, Drink and De-Stress in the City of Brotherly Love
The Legal Intelligencer
July 13, 2010

Welcome to Philadelphia, new associates! No doubt it’s been a long road to get here, but you deserve a pat on the back for securing a coveted job in these harsh economic times. Full Text


And Outside of Philly … Examples of Eateries
The Legal Intelligencer
July 13, 2010

This is our first year of expanding this supplement outside of the Philadelphia area, so in the interest of embracing the rest of the commonwealth, we wanted to also include a few must-trys in a few other cities. The following is by no means an exhaustive list, but we hope you’ll use it as a jumping off point, whether you’re based in these cities or just heading there for a visit. Full Text