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Succeeding as a Summer Associate

The Art of Taking Instructions

The Art of Taking Instructions

Learn how to take instructions well, when and how to ask questions, and how to ensure that you get the support you need once you get down to work.


You’re a new summer associate. All the first-day orientations and office tours are over. Finally, you’re at your new desk, eager to get to work and probably wondering what your first assignment will be. 

Frankly, your first task could be anything, from research specifically designed to test your intellectual agility to matters involving living, breathing clients. It may be as glamorous as anything in a legal drama. But more likely, it won’t be, as most legal work suffers from a serious...