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It’s a talk, it’s a party, it’s an opportunity for us to tell you how to increase your chances of landing an offer from your summer associateship. Save the date: April 13th, at Amity Hall. Your Above the Law editors will be heading to the Summer Associate Kick-Off Party, hosted by the Practical Law Company (read more about PLC here).

We’ll be holding a panel discussion about the Do’s & Don’ts Of Being A Summer Associate. Some of the don’ts are obvious: don’t hit a strip club with colleagues, or get into a drunken argument with a partner. Others aren’t so much. Do you know how to run a closing? Perform due diligence? Draft NDA’s? Yeah, didn’t think so. We’ll address how to build these skills before you show up to work, so you can actually add value instead of just adding stations to Pandora.

So come to Amity Hall on April 13th, where we can teach you how to stay on the straight-and-narrow and be more prepared for your summer position — or at least turn up so we can share some of the summer stories we couldn’t print. And yes, there will be an open bar (and food), in case anybody wants to put our lessons to immediate practical use.

The event gets started at 6:30. Space is limited and priority is given to incoming summer associates, so click here to rsvp. Hope to see you there.

P.S. As if you need another reason to go, attendees will get access to a Summer Associate Survival Guide, which teaches you the nuts and bolts of transactional assignments firms will expect you to complete this summer. Non-attendees can access the guide too, but they won’t get the free booze or food. Bummer.

If you can’t make the event but would like access to the guide, just send an email to studentaccess@practicallaw.com, with your name, law school email address, and year of graduation. Thanks!

Summer Associate Kick-Off Party [Practical Law Company]

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CAC_STOCKINGS_BONDS_FINAL_4x3_300x225-260x195.jpgThanks again to the people at Caesar’s Atlantic City, Harrah’s, and the people at Stockings and Bonds for inviting me to their poker tournament over the weekend. I didn’t win, mainly because God hates me. But I didn’t embarrass myself either. I finished 20th out of 91 players.
And I learned some important lessons about playing poker with bankers that I’d like to share with the lawyers out there, if you’re interested.

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CAC_STOCKINGS_BONDS_FINAL_4x3_300x225-260x195.jpgLast week, I asked Above the Law readers to give me their best poker advice. I’ll be in a tournament this weekend at Caesars Palace – Atlantic City, sponsored by Stockings and Bonds. Click here for the details.*
As I said, my main motivation — aside from the $30,000 prize pool — is to stick it to the investment bankers and hedge fund types who put their chips on the table. But it would be nice to have another legal type down there to chill with. Harrah’s is raffling off a seat at the table. The winner will get: the buy-in, a room, and access to the Stockings & Bonds After Party at Dusk. Sign up here.
If you do win, you’ll want to check out the best poker strategies from the ATL community…

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Career Center AboveTheLaw Lateral Link ATL.jpgTell us about your law firm experience and we’ll buy you a latte!
Yep, that’s right — as we mentioned last week, we are giving away a free tasty coffee beverage to every person who completes our Career Center Associate Experience Survey* (conditions apply). In case you are wondering, the survey is 75 mostly multiple choice questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete.
Starbucks card Lateral Link.jpg* So here are the conditions:
1. You must be currently employed at one of the 100 law firms currently profiled on the Career Center.
2. You must be registered for the Career Center (registration takes less than a minute).
3. You must provide us your honest feedback.
4. Tasty beverage actually comes in the form of a Starbucks giftcard, which can be exchanged for said beverage on just about every street corner in America.
To start the survey, click here.
Your participation in this survey will be completely confidential. To begin the survey you will need to log in to the Career Center and this is used solely for data coding and to validate your current employer. Your name will not be associated with your individual responses.
For questions or feedback, or to offer additions or corrections to your firm’s profile on the Career Center, please email: careercenter@abovethelaw.com.

Career Center AboveTheLaw Lateral Link ATL.jpgTell us about your law firm experience and we’ll buy you a latte!
Yep, that’s right, we are giving away a free tasty coffee beverage to every person who completes our Career Center Associate Experience Survey* (conditions apply). In case you are wondering, the survey is 75 mostly multiple choice questions and takes about 10 minutes to complete.
Starbucks card Lateral Link.jpg* So here are the conditions:
1. You must be currently employed at one of the 100 law firms currently profiled on the Career Center.
2. You must be registered for the Career Center (registration takes less than a minute).
3. You must provide us your honest feedback.
4. Tasty beverage actually comes in the form of a Starbucks giftcard, which can be exchanged for said beverage on just about every street corner in America.
To start the survey, click here.
Your participation in this survey will be completely confidential. To begin the survey you will need to log in to the Career Center and this is used solely for data coding and to validate your current employer. Your name will not be associated with your individual responses.
For questions or feedback, or to offer additions or corrections to your firm’s profile on the Career Center, please email: careercenter@abovethelaw.com.

thank you post it note.JPGA quick word of thanks to this week’s advertisers on Above the Law:

If you’re interested in advertising on Above the Law or any other site in the Breaking Media network, download our media kits, or email advertising@breakingmedia.com. Thanks!

thank you post it note.JPGA quick word of thanks to this week’s advertisers on Above the Law:

If you’re interested in advertising on Above the Law or any other site in the Breaking Media network, download our media kits, or email advertising@breakingmedia.com. Thanks!

Career Center AboveTheLaw Lateral Link ATL.jpgDuring the past year, pro bono programs got an unexpected boost from the recession when firms like Skadden offered stipends to their deferred associates who took public interest jobs. On the flip side, associates who escaped layoffs at their firm probably felt some pressure to devote themselves to billable work to the exclusion of pro bono work.
This week, our ATL / Lateral Link survey asks about the effect of the economic downturn on the pro bono programs at your firm. We’ll use the information to update the ATL Career Center and bring you the results next week.

If you have information about your firm that you want to share with other career center users, please email us at careercenter@abovethelaw.com. Also, a reminder that we are still accepting applications for additional writers for the Career Center.

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