It’s nearly time for the newest crop of summer associates (or, to the non-legal world, "interns"), to flood law firms across the country. “Summers,” as they’re called, need a lot of care if lawyers expect them to bloom into the highly sought-after combination of brilliant legal mind and burning desire to work around the clock.
Young Conaway makes a very organized effort to help the summer class acquire as much substantive knowledge as possible by assigning work from actual (as opposed to academic) cases, while still placing “getting-to-know-you” time at a premium. I’m a graduate of our summer-associate program and take a great deal of pride in both the program and the great lawyers that it helps to produce.
In my opinion, the best thing about our summer program is the writing component, led by John Paschetto. Lucky participants have their work reviewed by the world’s kindest editor and, by the end of the summer, are writing at a level far beyond where they started a few months earlier.
John mentioned that he was compiling a list of helpful websites and online resources for use in his writing program this summer. Being the compulsive list maker that I am, I couldn’t help but lend a hand. I’ve compiled a list of 50 of the best legal-writing resources on the web, plus 25 “just-for-fun” blogs about the horrors of spelling, grammar, and style gone wrong. (Remember the “fun” component, after all.)
I’m glad to share the list with our readers, regardless of how long it’s been since you were a summer associate. The entire list is reprinted below but, if you're in a rush, here's a copy in PDF for your research file. Don't forget to share it with your favorite summer associate!