The Talent

May 22, 2010 10:00 AM

The Careerist: Do's and Don'ts from Jones Day's Hiring Partner

Posted by Vivia Chen

Law students blessed with big-firm jobs this summer still are worried about the effects of the unstable economy on their long-term career prospects. Foremost on their minds: How to secure a full-time job offer from the summer gig?

We decided we'd check in with some hiring partners for their lists of summer associate do's and don'ts. First up: Jones Day hiring partner Gregory Shumaker, who heads up law school and lateral recruiting for the firm globally. Here's some of what he told us.

What's the profile of a summer associate who doesn't get an offer?
Someone who doesn't get along with others.

Any memorable moments in which a candidate sabotaged their chance at an offer?
Once we had a summer associate who split the summer between us and the government. Afterward, we asked her if she missed us, and she said, "Well, I miss the paycheck."

Not too tactful. What if you're nice but mess up an assignment?
Some people are not as strong in writing, but you can usually work with them. You have to fail on several levels [not to get an offer]. We take a holistic view.

Click here for more from Shumaker on what Jones Day looks for in its hires.

The Careerist, a new blog from ALM media's, takes an inside look at how lawyers shape their careers and manage their lives. Day in and day out, American Lawyer senior reporter Vivia Chen will dissect developments in the profession, provide useful information and advice, and give lawyers a platform to voice their views. Visit for this fresh, provocative take on the state of lawyering.

If you have topics you'd like to discuss, or information to share with The Careerist, e-mail chief blogger Vivia Chen at

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