Law students who are starting summer associate positions often need a “reality check.”

Whether these aspiring lawyers are moving from the casual summer employment of their college days, or switching professional fields, they will have to understand and adapt to the culture of a law firm.

New summer associates need to understand the mores of their own firm and the locale’s legal culture, and master practical matters such as the firm’s billing system. Legal research that is “more or less accurate” is not accurate enough, and may be too costly, for a law firm’s clients.

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