2L SA, veryBiglaw, DC, V20, did almost entirely litigation work.
1. What kind of assignments did you get?
Generally it was all typical research assignments. I think I turned in a couple formal memos, but more often than not they just wanted a succinct email response. For instance, I got tasked with tying up some loose ends for a pro bono case where the client was a prisoner. Wrote a memo explaining whether the client could succeed on any of a bunch of different claims. Also did a memo on whether our client would be subject to a fee-shifting statute if it lost an upcoming trial. Worst one I got was updating a firm reference on a specific area of the law with every case dealing with that issue from the past year (and this was not an obscure area, so there were hundreds of cases). Worked with a couple other summers to get that done.
Do you have any tips for doing well on the assignments you mentioned?
Mostly just listen to what they say, and don't be afraid to ask a bunch of questions. They don't expect you to know how to do anything, but they do expect you to be able to follow instructions.
More generally, did you feel like you were assigned “make-work” or actual substantive work?
Most of it felt like actual substantive work, but something an associate had pushed off doing for a long time because it wasn't that important. It might have taken the assigning midlevel an hour or two to get it done, but hey let's give it to a summer to keep them busy for 15 hours. Not complaining by any means.
Did you get feedback on your work? Was it cursory or substantial and constructive?
We got formal feedback, but it was very cursory. I didn't have any complaints, so that may be one reason why, but I don't remember any summer saying they got negative feedback. Might not have wanted to admit it, or they just might not give negative feedback unless it's important so as not to scare people into 3L OCI. Who knows.
2. Was it a “working summer” or a more of a “party summer?”
I definitely spent more time doing social things than working. The importance of work product was stressed, though, and there were a lot of presentations geared towards how to turn in good work. Everyone generally left at 6:00 unless there was an event going on after. I stayed late into the night the last couple days to finish up my last project that I had put off doing.
Did social functions seem to be considered more important than the assignments you received?
Very few people missed social events because they had work to turn in. Maybe towards the very end when people were leaving and trying to wrap up assignments
Did it feel like a 12-week-long job interview?
To a certain extent, yes. But interacting with other summers was much more fluid and relaxed, and I always felt at ease.
Did they tell you at the beginning that everyone would receive offers or that not everyone would? Did they equivocate at all (e.g., “generally, everyone gets an offer”)? Or did they not bring offer prospects up at all?
We were told during orientation that there were offers on the table for everyone (as in, don't screw it up and you'll get one).
What kind of events did they put on?
Pretty typical stuff - outings into the city, lunches, happy hours, dinners at partners' houses, etc. A good bit of them were somewhat geared toward getting to know the city, but the majority of them were designed to help you meet attorneys at the firm.
3. What was the outcome of the SA?
Did you get an offer?
Did anyone in you Summer Class get no-offered?
Two people did. I heard rumors about the reason why as to one, but I'm not sure. I heard it was more social-related, as opposed to work. I have no idea who the other person that didn't get offered is.
Did you (or do you plan to) return to the firm as an Associate?
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