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Succeeding as a Summer Associate

Getting Down to Work

Getting Down to Work

Learn how budget, scope, and deadlines affect the work you do as a summer associate; research strategies you can use to take them all into account; and what “get me a draft” really means.


If you’ve followed the advice in The Art of Taking Instructions, you’re just about ready to get down to work. But before you get started, you still need to consider three vital things: scope of work, budget, and deadline.

We briefly touched on all three items in The Firm, Its Clients, and You, but we’re going to give them a little more attention here. That’s because they make your summer-associate assignments quite different from anything you’ve ever done in law school. As you’ll see in this...