Preparing for Your 2L Summer

GUEST BLOG Makenzie Way, 2L at the University of Pennsylvania Law School

So you’ve landed a summer job, but you don’t start until May, so what do you do to fill the time? Obviously, you want to come in prepared, make a good impression, convince them you’re worth a full-time job offer. How do you differentiate yourself from the rest of your summer associate class?

I interviewed a number of 3L’s, asking them about their 2L summer experience, what they did right, what they did wrong, and what they wish they’d done, and here’s the advice that I got.

One.
Take a few courses in the areas that interest you the most

If you’re a 2L reading this then, unfortunately, it’s too late to register in courses; if you’re a 1L then keep this in mind for next year! For the 2L’s out there, while you may not be able to register for classes at your university, you can register for free online “crash courses” in these subject areas

Two.
Subscribe to and Read Law360

You don’t need to read every article that is sent your way, but every 3L I spoke to said the best way to appear competent in a particular field, aside from taking courses, is to read up on what is happening in that field in real time.

Three.
Brush up on the Rules of Professional Conduct

Whether or not you’ve taken your universities professional responsibility course, or the MPRE, you should make sure you understand the Rules of Professional Conduct since these rules and regulations will be applicable to you and your firm over the summer!

2L Summer

Four.
Network with people from your firm

You thought networking was over once you landed your job? Sorry to break it to you, but networking is forever a part of a lawyers job. Networking within your own firm can start before the summer program begins; feel free to reach out to junior and senior associates, get their advice on how best to prepare for your summer. Reaching out early will also benefit you when it comes to case assignment!

Five.
Accumulate your business wardrobe

Most of us have one or two suits that got us through interviewing, but that’s about it. The 2L summer is 10-weeks of employment where the dress code is likely business formal or at a minimum, business casual. Make sure you’re not caught running to the drycleaner in a mad panic because your one suit is dirty after two days on the job.