- Videos Offer Insight Into Summer Associate Success Secrets; Among Them: Keep Dating Discreet
Videos Offer Insight Into Summer Associate Success Secrets; Among Them: Keep Dating Discreet
Posted Jun 21, 2012 9:49 AM CDT
By Martha Neil
Making the most of a summer associate position isn't just about doing a great job on work assignments.
Partners are also looking for law students who get along well with colleagues and clients. And, at the very least, avoiding social disasters, especially those that can potentially result in litigation against the law firm, is a critical baseline skill, as a Bloomberg Law series on YouTube points out.
To meet that goal, dating should be discreet–or, even better, postponed until the summer is over and offers have been extended, experts advise. However, it's fairly common for summer associates to become involved with one another, and that situation can be properly handled, too, Carol Sprague tells the news agency. She is director of associate/alumni relations and attorney recruiting at Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.
"If you feel like the relationship is really getting into a very serious position, then you probably need to come to us and tell us, because there are nepotism rules," she says.
Likewise, as the firm is trying to decide whether to offer a post-law school associate position, "You don't want the hiring partner sitting around talking about whether your relationship with your secretary was consensual," says Alison Monahan. She founded the Girl's Guide to Law School blog.