On April 4, 2018, Howard Ankin joined students of the John Marshall Law school in a panel discussion designed to prepare the students for their summer legal jobs. During the discussion, a panel of attorneys and a current 3L shared their tips about how to tackle assignments, efficiently perform research, interact with supervisors, obtain and use constructive feedback, and generally make the most of the job opportunity.
Along with Howard Ankin, the panelists for the session were: Taylor Nora (JMLS ’07), Partner, Nora & Partners, LLP; Rey Phillips Santos, Senior Counsel, City of Chicago – Division of Legal Counsel; and Josh Sultan (JD Candidate, May 2018), Law Clerk, Nora & Partners, LLP
The panel discussion agenda provided by the John Marshall Law School Career Services Office is below.
I. Program Introduction – Marques Rice (2 minutes)
II. Panelist Introductions (10 minutes)
III. Moderator Q&A – Marques Rice (25 minutes)
i. Tell us briefly about a day in the life of a law clerk at your firm/office
ii. What are some traits that successful law clerks exhibit?
iii. What are some expectations your firm/office has of law clerks? Are there any non-negotiables?
iv. What steps should a clerk pursue if s/he does not understand an assignment?
v. What are some common mistakes that law clerks make? How can law clerks avoid those mistakes?
vi. What are the professionalism expectations around your office, e.g., dress, social media, conduct at social events, cell phone use?
vii. How important is law clerk communication with supervisors?
viii. How can students use their clerkship experience to improve networking efforts both during the summer and afterwards?
ix. How important is writing at your firm/office? What are some tips for students looking to become better writers?
x. What is one thing that you know now about working in the legal field that you didn’t know when you were a law student?
IV. Student Q&A (10 minutes)
V. Program Conclusion