Mike is a summer student here at Cassels Brock, and we are profiling him this week to find out a little more about who he is, how his summer is going so far, and any application tips he has for students applying to Cassels Brock for a summer 2016 position.
S: Mike, congratulations on making it halfway through your Cassels Brock summer. How’s it going so far?
M:Thank you so much. It’s been great! I’ve had the opportunity to work with so many different lawyers and I’ve been able to work hands-on with clients, which is something I didn’t expect at such an early stage in my career.
S: How do you balance your time between work and social activities?
M: It’s all about communication! Work is my priority, but all the lawyers I’ve been working with have been very considerate of my time and have made sure I have been able to meet any important commitments in my personal life.
S: Mike, do you have any summer goals at work or in your personal life?
M: What I’ve been trying to do throughout the summer is explore the firm as much as possible. I have tried to reach out to lawyers in different practice groups here at Cassels, and to connect with other summer students outside of the office.
S: Mike, what did you find to be the most useful advice you were given when preparing your applications for summer positions?
M: I think there are two important things to keep in mind. First, try to identify areas of expertise of firms you are researching. An example of this would be tailoring a cover letter towards a business law firm, or to a firm that does a lot of litigation. Second, pay attention to detail, which is something I focused on when preparing my applications and have been reminded of since. Spelling mistakes or editorial errors are very obvious to those reading your applications. An example of this is forgetting to change the name of the firm you are applying to, and keeping the name of a firm from a previous cover letter.
S: What was your most efficient method for proofreading?
M: Definitely having second and third sets of eyes taking a look at things. Another helpful tip is to print off your cover letter and reading it aloud before submitting it!
S: Does it matter what you did in your summer after 1L?
M: I think that in general, employers wanted to see what my most recent experiences were. I think the reason for this is to see the new skills people build and acquire, and how these skills can be transferrable to working in a law firm environment. The experiences I found myself talking about more were not necessarily law-related but usually productive and interesting!
Thank you for your time, Mike!
To those of you reading this who are considering applying to Cassels Brock, feel free to reach out to myself, Mike, or any of the other students on the Cassels Brock Student Website http://students.casselsbrock.com !