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Law students are now expected to graduate with at least two legal internship experiences under their belt, including externships, clinics, fellowships, summer associate positions, clerkships, or simply a part-time law job during the school year. These opportunities are crucial for getting post-graduate attorney positions, building your practical legal skills, getting strong recommendations, and developing valuable working relationships with attorneys who will be career-long allies.
The stakes are high and you owe it to yourself to optimize your performance. Here are 7 big things that will help you make the most out of your internship:
Your legal internship is one of the most important experiences you have during law school. Taking classes and late nights of studying are vital, but you’re really tested when it comes to excelling in the real work environment, finding your niche, bonding with practicing attorneys, and forging your career path.
Maxwell D. Rosenthal is in-house counsel at a large media and entertainment company in New York City. He is also the author of The Bridge: How to Launch Your Career through a Legal Internship (Lexis Nexis 2015), which can be found on his website www.bridgethebook.com. Max also frequently speaks at law schools and bar associations on topics related to career development and legal experiential learning. He can be reached at Max@bridgethebook.com or on twitter at @MaxDRosenthal.
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