Summer is fast approaching, and that means summer associate interviews are well underway.
Are you planning to hire an intern? Here are three mistakes to avoid so that you and the associate can both have a productive experience:
Mistake No. 1: Not Being Ethical.
Don't hire a summer associate unless you know that you'll be extending an offer later if she meets expectations. This isn't necessarily a matter of professional ethics, but rather personal ethics. If you waste your intern's summer, you're dealing a blow to her career before she even begins it; that's not fair and it won't reflect well on your firm, as Business Insider notes. If the associate is to be unpaid (not all law is BigLaw, after all), be sure to follow the Department of Labor's guidelines for unpaid interns.