Monday, October 11, 2010
In its annual survey of summer associates, the American Lawyer reported that interns want their employers, now more than ever due to heightened anxiety over the job market, to provide explicit expectations regarding work assignments and billable hours.
Given the stakes, a number of associates expressed the belief that their firms should have set explicit guidelines for how much time they should be putting in. "Be clearer at the beginning of the summer about expectations (How many projects should we complete? How many hours a day should we actually "bill" vs. be at work?)," suggested an intern who spent the summer at Hogan Lovells.
"Don't answer 'it depends' to questions concerning the appropriate number of assignments," wrote a Morrison & Foerster clerk, adding that "more than any other year" this is "one of the things we are worried about."