You are now several weeks into your summer program, and you have no doubt already been wined and dined at numerous posh restaurants. You know the usual drill: Mind your manners, don't order messy food, and be engaging.
But you should also keep this in mind: the firm's agenda. Is the firm taking you out just to sell you on what a wonderful place it is and to check out your social skills? For the most part, yes.The firm's lawyers want to like you, trust you, and maybe even be impressed by you. They also want to gauge whether you are genuinely interested in the firm, as well as your “value-added” for any particular practice area.
As a summer associate, you should be mindful that you are always “selling yourself.” So why not use your summer lunches and events as an opportunity to show your best personal side and advance your career goals?