Successful Summer Strategies: Research in the Real World
Research in the Real World Starts Here: Managing workload and multiple assignments
Expect some issues to arise in this respect. You may find yourself working
on more than one assignment at a time, or being pulled away from one project
to work on another. You may be working for more than one attorney.
Be flexible. The demands on your time may vary from not being busy
enough to being expected to pull some all-nighters. Within reason, do
your best to go with the flow. If you have special personal events such
as weddings (especially your own) coming up during the summer that require
your absence from the office, make sure that you inform the employer
in writing as soon as possible, preferably at the time you are hired.
Keep accurate records of your research. Record what sources you looked
at, what index or search terms you used, and the date on which you performed
the research. Make your notes as thorough and intelligible as you can
so that when you return to an assignment, you don’t have to start
from scratch because you can’t remember what you did or can’t
read your notes.
Keep accurate time records. This is a way to show your professionalism
and good practice for the future.
Don't hesitate to ask your assigning attorney(s) to prioritize assignments
if you find yourself inundated with deadlines. You may not make the
right decision as to priorities, and it’s better to request advice
than to err in deciding what project is most important, or to do a poor
job because you’re trying to do an unrealistic amount of work.