Two weeks ago in this column, I griped about how many law school career offices did their students a disservice by making it impossible for solo and small firm lawyers to hire them for the summer. But it’s also true that many solo and small law firms never consider hiring a summer associate either because it’s too expensive, or the student would require too much time to manage. So here are my top five reasons that solo and small firm lawyers should consider hiring a summer associate.
A Chance to Be the Boss: When I started my own firm after five years of practicing law, I’d always been at the bottom of the pecking order and was eager to get a taste of what it was like to be in charge of someone else. So while I wasn’t raking in the dollars eight months into my practice when the first summer rolled around, I felt that I could afford an intern, and hired a college student from my alma mater. A few weeks into the summer, I overheard him speaking to someone on the phone about how he’d have to ask “his boss” about something or other — and then I realized, that boss was me!