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John Henson

As a law student, thank you thank you thank you.


Evan: I want to give you a hug. It would bring tears to my eyes if I ended up with a boss who did this. I wish every senior attorney in the country would read this post and put its lessons into action!


My boss sure doesn't give this much thought. Apparently he thought he hired a clairvoyant.

Mary Whisner

As a law librarian I also appreciate this advice -- and I appreciate the comments from the frustrated employees who wish their bosses would give their assignments more thought. I encourage students to *ask* for this sort of information if the assigning attorney doesn't volunteer it. Even the busy attorney who forgets the basics would generally rather answer a question than have the associate or summer associate flounder and waste time and resources.


Great advice from a paralegal's perspective, too.

If you're on the receiving end, it also helps to "recap" or paraphrase the instructions for the assignment before you leave to make sure that you understood the instructions correctly. It also gives you a chance to ask questions to clarify any instructions that might have been a bit vague.

I really apppreciate the addition of saying how long the assignment should take or how much time you should spend on it. The only thing I'd add is to ask whether there is a deadline for turning it in and/or, if the deadline changes, to please let me know.

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