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Welcome to Succeeding as a Summer Associate

Congratulations! You’re a summer associate at a law firm. This course will help you exceed expectations by doing prime work; presenting yourself well; building relationships; and managing your time, workload, and well-being.


Tony Campbell
Professional Development Expert


Welcome to Succeeding as a Summer Associate! Designed for law-firm summer associates who want their new firm to see the best of themselves and their skills, this course features 15 video lessons.

Course author Tony Campbell has held senior professional-development roles at AmLaw 100 and Magic Circle law firms, where he trained lawyers and non-lawyers the world over to manage and practice better. Now, Tony has teamed up with Quimbee to share his unique and incisive advice on how to get the most from your summer-associate program.

In Chapter One, Delivering Great Work, Tony explains why the quality of your work is the single most pivotal factor affecting your success this summer. Here, you’ll learn how to take instructions well, why budget and deadlines matter, what good legal writing looks like in law firms, and how this writing differs from the academic writing you did in law school.

In Chapter Two, Building Great Relationships, Tony will help you master the social dimensions of law-firm life. You’ll learn to project confidence, even when you’re not feeling confident. You’ll also learn why it’s important to get along with everyone at your firm. And we mean everyone. What’s more, we’ll show you how to put your best foot forward at summer social events, and how commitment can help you stand out from the crowd for all the right reasons. 

In Chapter Three, Succeeding at Everything Else, we’ll offer sound advice to help you manage your time, workload, and general well-being over the summer. Here, you’ll learn why all the feedback you get this summer—even the tough feedback—is vital to help you grow into the consummate legal professional. Tony also offers expert advice on how to give engaging and memorable presentations, comply with the rules of ethics, and manage your time and workload to meet all your deadlines. With these tools, you’ll feel in control all summer long. Finally, Tony explains how to react if you get a full-time job offer at summer’s end—and if you don’t.

If you watch all our lessons, you’ll be primed to impress the attorneys at your summer firm, hone your skills, and make this summer one of the best of your life. Let’s get started.