As you research employers, consider the things that are most important to you as a candidate — and then focus your research on discovering as much as you can about those issues. For example, if you know that you want to work in an environment that provides excellent training, you’ll want to learn all you can about employers’ training programs. If you know that an environment that will allow you to work independently will make you successful, you’ll want to focus on that as you learn about employers.
Also consider your practice area interests. If you are committed to gaining health law experience, and the firm says it has a health law practice — how many people are in that practice? Do they have enough work in that area to give some to summer associates, or to expect to hire a new associate a year later?
Some of what you will want to learn will have to be garnered at your actual visits to an employer’s workplace and in conversations with those working there. But it is important to learn as much as you can before actually applying, so that you set yourself up for the best possible matches throughout the process.
Below are links to help you get started with your research. We also recommend that you visit employer websites. They can provide you with valuable information about individual workplaces.