Ask the Right Questions to Answer the Right Questions.
Summer associates can understandably be intimidated when it comes to new assignments. After all, this is new territory. It’s important, though, to not let fear get in the way. Always ask questions – it’s the only way to fully understand the project you’re working on and be sure that you’re delivering the work product that’s being requested. Even the best-researched answer is of little use if it’s not answering the right question. If you’re an attorney helping to mentor summer associates, encourage them to ask questions and help them learn the right kinds of questions to ask in order to deliver the caliber of work that partners and clients expect.