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5 Questions for Summer Associates & Interns

Mary Crane (www.marycrane.com) who conducts our 1L Etiquette Dinners, recently posted these useful tips. From her June 2014 enewsletter:

5 Questions for Summer Associates & Interns
If you started work a few weeks ago as a summer associate or intern, by now, you should feel fairly comfortable around the office.

You should know something about your supervisor(s) and his or her expectations. Are they bottom line-oriented or do they revel in details? When he says “draft,” does he expect a rough summation or a client-ready document? Does she expect you to be connected 24/7 or does she want you to turn your smart phone off, especially in meetings that she calls?

Increasingly, you should also feel that you understand something about the organization’s culture. Is it competitive of collegial? Does it encourage diversity of thought or does it expect everyone to toe a particular line? Does the entity advertise that it encourages work-life balance, and does it walk that talk when it comes to the day-to-day challenges employees face.

If you can answer these questions, you’ve made good use of your summer experience.

Now, to ensure you get the most out of the weeks that remain, set aside an hour or two over the upcoming holiday weekend and tackle the following five questions:

1. What’s your reputation? By now, you’re known for something. You may be known as the first person to arrive at work daily, a great team player, or a slow but steady worker. You could also be known as the summer hire who wore shorts to work, fell off a party boat, or mistakenly sent an ugly email to a bevy of partners. (And yes, previous summer hires have done each of these.) If you don’t know the reputation you’ve developed, ask. Then, take control of the impression you are creating. You have a few short weeks to ensure your lasting impression is a positive one.

2.  What have you learned from your assignments? Think over every task you’ve been assigned, including the most menial, and consider lessons learned. What assignments have you enjoyed and why? Have assignments tested your knowledge and talents? Have any assignments been painstakingly miserable? Does the pace of work energize or exhaust you? What feedback have you received, and this is really important, how have you reacted to that feedback? If someone has said you need to show improvement in an area, have you proactively taken steps to boost your performance?

3. How can you improve your résumé? Take a quick look at your résumé and draft a paragraph that summarizes your summer experience. Describe in three to five sentences the new skills and knowledge you’ve acquired thus far. If you can’t come up with three to five sentences, guess what you need to accomplish during the next few weeks? After you’ve drafted the entry, ask yourself whether everyone with whom you’ve interacted at your workplace would agree with your description.

4.  Who haven’t you met? If there’s a hiring committee, have you met all committee members? Have you met coworkers hired during the previous year? Have you spoken with them regarding their expectations before starting work and whether those expectations have been met? Have you met with people in multiple departments and practice areas? When you accepted this summer position, who were the one or two people you wanted to meet? If you haven’t met those people yet, it’s time to send a meeting request.

5. What’s the one thing you wanted to accomplish this summer and haven’t? When the summer began, what were your top goals? Did you want to learn how to depose a witness? Did you hope to participate in putting together a deal? Did you seek to become a pro at market segmentation analyses? Review your goals and then critically examine the efforts you’ve made to accomplish them. If you have a ways to go, as soon as the holiday weekend ends, meet with the folks in recruiting and ask for specific work assignments that will help you meet your objectives. You may or may not receive those opportunities, but as I tell lots of clients, “If you don’t ask, you won’t get.”

Getting the Most From Your Summer Clerkship

Gavin Villarreal, ’98, a partner at Baker Botts (Austin), discusses how summer clerks can learn the most and maximize the odds of getting an employment offer when the summer ends in the article “Getting the Most From Your Summer Clerkship” (Gavin Villarreal, Texas Lawyer, June 9, 2014). Learn how to work with a mentor, produce well-written work, and receive substantive feedback during your summer clerkship.

Litigation and Advocacy Directors Conference in Austin – Registration scholarship request due June 6, 2014

The National Legal Aid & Defender Association’s annual Litigation and Advocacy Directors Conference, will be held July 12-15 at the Hyatt Regency in Austin, TX.  NLADA’s Litigation and Advocacy Directors’ Conference is a national gathering of experienced advocacy leaders designed to foster peer interaction and learning on the most important litigation and other strategic advocacy issues affecting legal aid programs and the communities they serve. For more information about the conference, review the attached brochure.

A limited number of scholarships for conference registration are available. Any students interested in attending one day or the entire conference should contact Sonja Hartley, at shartley@law.utexas.edu by Friday, June 6, 2014.

Law Firm Summer Receptions for Rising 2Ls (Class of 2016)

Each summer, many law firms across the country hosts receptions so rising 2Ls may learn more about the firms and become acquainted with attorneys and recruiting staff prior to Fall OCI. Invitations will be sent directly by the firms; however, you may also see the complete list  on UT Law Symplicity and select the ‘Events’ tab. We encourage you to check the calendar throughout the summer.

Unless stated otherwise, business casual attire is appropriate.

  • Akerman LLP Law Student Reception (Miami, FL) – July 22, 2014
  • Baker & McKenzie 1L Diversity Roundtable Discussion (New York, NY) – June 10, 2014
  • Baker & McKenzie 1L Diversity Roundtable Discussion (San Francisco, CA) – June 12, 2014
  • Baker & McKenzie 1L Diversity Roundtable Discussion (Washington, DC) – June 11, 2014
  • Cadwalader Pre-OCI Reception (New York, NY) –  June 16, 2014
  • Cahill Gordon & Reindel Rising 2L Reception (New York, NY) – June 16, 2014
  • Goodwin Procter Rising 2L Reception (Boston, MA) – June 09, 2014
  • Goodwin Procter Rising 2L Reception (Los Angeles, CA) – June 11, 2014
  • Goodwin Procter Rising 2L Reception (New York, NY) – June 12, 2014
  • Goodwin Procter Rising 2L Reception (Northern CA) – June 12, 2014
  • Goodwin Procter Rising 2L Reception (Washington, DC) – June 12, 2014
  • Holland & Hart Rising 2L Reception (Denver, CO) – July 09, 2014
  • Lathan & Watkins Pre-OCI Reception (Costa Mesa, CA) – June 19, 2014
  • Proskauer Rising 2L Reception (Los Angeles, CA) – June 24, 2014
  • Simpson Thacher Open House (Palo Alto, CA) – July 23, 2014
  • Skadden Reception for Rising 2Ls (New York, NY) – June 24, 2014
  • The Kate Stoneman Project (New York, NY) – June 17, 2014

Sports Lawyers Association Networking Event in New York on June 10, 2014 – RSVP

The Sports Lawyers Association, along with the ISDE/St. John’s LL.M. in International and Comparative Sports Law, invites UT Law students and alumni to a free networking event and panel discussion:

Cross-Border and International Aspects of New Media
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates
4 Times Square, New York, NY 10036

6:00- 6:30 p.m. – Networking reception
6:30-8:00 p.m. – Panel with Q&A afterwards

Panelists include Anil George, VP & Senior Intellectual Property Counsel, NBA Properties, Inc.; Sarah Horvitz, Senior Counsel, MLB Advanced Media; Daniel A. Malin, Counsel, NFL; and Guiselle Torres, Legal Counsel, MLS. Moderated by Anthony Dreyer, Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates.

Please RSVP to Itziar Murillo at 610-608-6982 or imurillo@isdemasters.com.

Vault Career Insider Now Available

UT Law students now have access to the Vault Career Insider, which is is an educational tool that provides you unlimited, online access to comprehensive career information and management tools. It includes access to:

  • Industry and Professions: Build the foundation for your career search by researching a broad range of disciplines with quick, easy-to-read profiles of different industries and occupations.
  • Career e-books: Download full text career guides on everything from Interviewing and structuring your resume, to in-depth overviews of industries, employers, and even general career topics.
  • Company Profiles: Research thousands of company reports and access relevant information about potential employers. Vault surveys thousands of employees each year about their company culture, salaries, interviewing process and much more. Vault compiles this information in order to provide you a competitive advantage over others.
  • Articles, Blogs, & News: Stay current on trends, score advice, and comment on a wide variety of career topics.

Please visit the CSO website to access the Vault Career Insider login page. Please note that this link is exclusive to UT Law students. Users will still have the opportunity to create individual user profiles to take advantage of personalized options (My Vault, Job Board).

Share the Wealth Clerkship Program

Just The Beginning – A Pipeline Organization (JTB-APO)’s Share the Wealth Clerkship Program is a special opportunity to be considered for multiple federal district court clerkships in one interview: rising 2Ls and 3Ls and recent graduates interested in a federal judicial clerkship are encouraged to apply for this opportunity. The application process is ongoing for seven district court interview opportunities for the 2015-16 clerkship term. The deadline to apply for the 2014 interviewing session is August 18, 2014.

To apply, please carefully review the application instructions and clerkship announcement.

Share the Wealth is a referral program run by judges in partnership with JTB-APO. Participating judges screen qualified law student applicants, conduct panel interviews with twelve students, and consider them for clerkship positions. At the conclusion of this initial process, students who are not extended an offer by one of the judges may have their application packages shared with additional judges who have requested to receive information on applicants through JTB-APO. Many judges contact JTB-APO to seek assistance in identifying competitive candidates from diverse backgrounds for consideration.

A comprehensive list of minority judges in the United States is available online.

Nonpracticing Opportunities: Boston Consulting Group Webinars (Summer 2014)

The Boston Consulting Group invites law students and attorneys to join as many of the webinars below as you would like to learn more of what it’s like to be a consultant if you choose a nonpracticing career path with your J.D. You may register online for the session(s) you would like to attend.

Once registered, a BCG representative will follow-up within a few business days with the sign-in information. If you have any questions, contact bridge2bcg@bcg.com.

Powering Autos to 2020:  Era of the Electric Car?
Thursday, May 28, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. (Central)
Xavier Mosquet, Partner, Detroit – Leader of BCG’s Global Automotive Practice.

Six Simple Rules – How to Manage Complexity Without Getting Complicated
Thursday, June 12, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. (Central)
Stephen Waddell, Principal, Chicago.

ACA’s Unintended Consequences:  The Rise of Private Exchanges
Tuesday, June 24, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. (Central)
Daniel Gorlin, Principal, Chicago – JD.

Energy Practice: Driving Organizational Efficiency
Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. (Central)
Discover the power of an Activity-Based-Optimization (ABO) tool and how it can turn a comprehensive diagnostic into real-world initiatives, process streamlining, and significant cost reduction. Paul Goydan, Partner, Houston and Mike Lyons, Principal, Houston and Bridget Franklin, Consultant, Houston – Ph.D.

Public Sector: Youth Safety
Wednesday, August 6, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. (Central)
Learn how BCG used advanced analytics to develop a plan for improving youth safety across Miami-Dade County and within Miami-Dade County Public Schools. Ben Flusberg, Project Leader, Atlanta, PhD; Jonathan Tugman, Consultant, Atlanta.

Advice from Big Firm Summer Associates Who Got Offers

What do summer associates need to know to succeed? Students are encouraged to read the article “Advice from Big Firm Summer Associates Who Got Offers” (Jeanne Graham, Texas Lawyer, May 19, 2014) to obtain advice from UT Law 2013 grads, Jennifer Cannan and Kevin Hess, and others, who worked as summer associates at their respective firms.

Sublite: A Student-to-Student Subletting Network

Founded by students at Yale and the University of Pennsylvania, SubLite provides an easy solution to finding the perfect summer sublet for university students across the United States. Unlike other housing platforms, all users are verified using their school email addresses. There are currently more than 2,200 users from undergraduate, law, and business school across the country. Enhanced search functionality captures the essence of an ideal sublet for university students including proximity to workplace, cost per week, occupancy, and privacy.

Sublite for UT Law Students (UT EID required)

Note: You must have an UT Mail (i.e., @utexas.edu) email address to be able to register for a full-service account, which will be available through August 2014.

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