Via Above the Law, I saw NYU Law School's amazing description of actual behavior by summer associates (law students working for law firms during the summer) that probably cost the associates in question a job offer. NYU calls this "Career Limiting Behavior," which is apt. A few highlights:
L. Summer associate makes up citation to support the position he/she is trying to prove in a brief filed with the court (resulting in immediate termination and letter to Board of Professional Responsibility).
O. Summer associate refuses to make edits to a draft brief because "I was an English major in college and I know your edits are incorrect."
S. Summer associate visits Internet porn sites at the office.
T. Summer associate forwards a sexist joke to several attorneys at the firm.
X. Summer associate falls asleep at negotiation session in conference room.
II. Summer associate is participating on a conference call with a partner. At 6:45 p.m., summer associate points to their watch, whispers "I have concert tickets," and leaves the room.
KK. Summer associate says to a British-trained senior associate "I don't know where you went to law school, but in America summer associates get more sophisticated work assignments".
These are horrifying. But they are not surprising, at least not to anyone with prolonged exposure to lawyers in general and summer associates in particular.
My firm has been lucky with law students so far. The worst we got was a guy who, during interviews, seemed utterly bored by the whole process. Another associate explained to me that the interviewee was from New York and that's just how they are.
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