Knowing When To Ask

Want more courtroom experience out of your internship?  ASK for it. 

Want more drafting skills from your clerkship?  ASK for it.

Want more responsibility as a new associate?  ASK for it.

Successful associates understand the importance of ASKING for more.  Be proactive and let partners know when you are eager for more.  Approach them in a manner that demonstrates that you are happy with your job, but that you would love some additional experience or to work on certain types of cases.  Avoid asking in a way that could be viewed as a complaint or dissatisfaction.  Thank them for your opportunities to date and be sure they understand that you know associate or law clerk development doesn’t happen overnight, but that you are prepared to be an even greater asset for the firm!