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Succeeding as a Summer Associate

Your Professional Summer

Your Professional Summer

Learn about the ethical rules that apply to everyone who works in a law firm, the importance of recording your time, and what client confidentiality means in practice.


Take a look at that summer-associate contract you’ve signed. That contract does much more than memorialize the terms of your summer work. That contract signifies an important change in your status. You’re taking your first steps into a career as a legal professional. This means that you’re now bound by the same professional obligations as the attorneys at the firm you’re joining. So, what exactly are those obligations? While you might have studied them in law school, you’re in the real world...