A female reader indicated she is going to work in a warm climate and wonders if wearing hose is necessary. Now, some may vary on this, but HP says to wear the hose, especially at the beginning. You can see as the summer develops if others go without, but I always go with the conservative side and that is to recommend wearing the hose. Most offices are cool in the summer anyway, so most of the day you will be just fine.
You will be getting your first assignments soon. With any assignment, make sure you understand a few key points:
when is it due? Note the date and make sure you give yourself a reminder and plenty of time to complete it AND time to carefully proof (I always print out my docs and sit and read the hard copy through).
what kind of product does the assigning person want? A memo? An email summarizing the key cases? Document summaries? Make sure you understand what they want delivered.
what resources can be used/are recommended? Lexis ok - some clients have restrictions on what can be utilized.
how should you bill? This can vary -- .25 or .10; some clients require task codes, or specific breakdown by descriptions -- for instance, instead of "draft memorandum; research regarding statute of limitations; conference with J. Smith" 1.75;they want "draft memorandum (1.0); research regarding statute of limitations (.5), conference with J. Smith (.25). A good question to assess this is "are there any special billing instructions for this client/project?
another question: what is the best way to contact you if I have questions? Or how do you prefer I contact you if I have questions?
Those are a quick few thoughts to get you going. I am sure you all will have some queries for me as the weeks progress. Remember, it is always good to clarify instructions in advance. AND, seriously, it is REALLY important to deliver the product ON TIME AND WELL PROOFED. I cannot stress this enough. Jobs have been lost over this. Manage expectations-- If you encounter roadblocks in your research, you should go to the assigning person, BEFORE the deadline.
Good luck !