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Hello all,

I was wondering if any lovely soul wouldn't mind posting a 'greatest hits' of advice for getting hired back as an associate in a litigation setting (not criminal). I know many are annoyed when someone doesn't go digging for old threads before asking this kind of thing, but I was wondering if anyone could create a brief 'restatement of the law' in this area. If not, I'll just go through the articling students mega thread, but I thought it was worth asking.

Thank you, ls.ca world! 

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I think I've written on this before, but in my experience, it really all comes down to adding value in whatever way you can.

I can list off all kinds of more specific advice. Always meet your deadlines and produce quality work. If you can't meet a deadline, address the issue early enough that a solution can be worked out (it almost always can). Ask appropriate questions - as in, don't ask questions that you could have found on your own with reasonable time/effort, don't spin your wheels looking for an answer to a question instead of asking for guidance, don't take a guess at something and go down the wrong track when you could have just had a brief meeting to check in and avoid the wasted time. Know what your assigned work, research, whatever will be used for and offer to help with the next step. Be the person who's willing to step up for an urgent file requiring late-night or weekend work. Take initiative and seek out work. Generally, just look for ways to get involved and actually care about the work. Be nice to everyone, and self-aware enough to know what you don't know.

In short, though, your goal is to be useful and reliable. It sounds simple, but you'd be shocked at how foreign this stuff can be to students.

Also important is making sure people know you. I don't know what kind of litigation setting you'll be in, but it's important for people to know who you are - as many as people as possible in the practice group you want to be hired into, if that's how the firm is structured, or the firm in general. The ideal is to have at least a couple of people who know you well and will champion you during hireback discussions, with everyone else at least knowing you and not having negative views. If you are useful and reliable, this will come naturally.

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