Tips for Inexperienced 1L’s Entering the Work Field

Date: January 15, 2016 | Posted By: USDBLS

I had a great experience working at a full service corporate and securities firm in SF last summer. Given that my background up until that point was mainly in Philosophy and Psychology, it was a little intimidating at first. Like many rising 1L’s, I didn’t work after undergrad, nor did I have any background in corporate or securities law. So I wanted to share some tips I have from my first internship in the corporate and securities field.

Familiarize yourself with some of the common Securities Regulations
The first week of work, my boss was kind enough to provide me with a treatise on different securities regulations.  I read through it and occasionally would meet with my boss to discuss what I read and ask questions about things that I was confused about. The treatise was mainly about the most common securities regulations like regulation D and A, and the various exemptions within them. So I would recommend for those who are not familiar with these to look them up online before your summer internship. There are plenty of blogs that explain them in detail or more generally. This will impress your boss. (if you find this stuff fascinating then I recommend securities regulations for your 2L course).

Keep up with current events and have your own opinions. As the summer went on, I noticed there were some non-legal skills that my boss valued. Every day my boss would call me into his office to check in on my progress with regards to some of the projects. This only took up 5 minutes of the conversation the rest of the 20 minutes was mainly about current events and the news and my opinion on certain issues. I highly recommend getting in the habit of reading the news every morning.

Always ask when something is due and don’t be afraid to ask for a work sample. This speaks for itself; you don’t want to be late on a deadline so always know when the due date is.  Your boss will expect you to be responsible enough to keep track of this due date. Also, asking for a work sample makes your life a lot easier. You’ll be asked to write briefs and memos, so ask for sample of something either your attorney has written or someone at the firm has written. This will save you time and you don’t have to feel like you’re reliving legal writing class all over again.

Don’t be afraid to network for your firm. As an attorney you will have to network whether it’s for your own firm or for the firm you work for. Go to networking events, they’re fun!! Especially if you’re interning in a big city, I attended several networking events that were held at start-ups. Not only are some start-ups set up like an adult playground, but also everyone who attended was also very young and intelligent. It was a great experience. Your boss will love that you are out there making connection on his behalf.

Author: Mya Shofany, 2L Juris Doctor candidate at the University of San Diego School of Law.

Go Back