Law school is tough. Landing a job with the right law firm is equally tough. A law student’s first legal job while in school is crucial to his or her development as a future lawyer. Though law school teaches you how to think like a lawyer, a clerkship with Plakas Mannos teaches you how to be a lawyer. In this article, we’ll explain why your life as a lawyer should start at Plakas Mannos.
The Reality of Law Clerk Jobs
Within their first few months, our law clerks are entrusted with work commonly seen from first- and second-year associate attorneys, with the supervision and guidance of one of our lawyers. Such work regularly includes research on complex legal issues, drafting motions for current cases, attending depositions and court hearings, and giving oral arguments to the firm, Plakas Mannos law clerks are invited to explore the day-to-day lives of real-world lawyers. Our law clerks become an integral part of our team, often making a positive difference in our cases and our clients’ lives.
Further, Plakas Mannos invites its law clerks to explore all of the firm’s practice areas. During a single summer, law clerks are introduced to a variety of areas of law, including medical malpractice, employment law, commercial litigation and corporate law, family law, trusts and estates, and many others.
In addition to conducting attorney-level work, Plakas Mannos law clerks are invited to enjoy many of the benefits of working for our renowned, full-practice regional law firm. We invite our clerks to enjoy our beautiful, newly renovated offices in Downtown Canton and Akron, all-firm social events, tickets to local sporting events, and free, healthy breakfast, lunch, and snacks and beverages as provided by the firm’s onsite chef.
Q&A with Our Law Clerk, Elisa
Though this article may give you some idea of what it's like working for our firm, it’s better to hear from one of our own law clerks: Elisa.
Elisa is a second-year law student at The University of Akron School of Law. She has an interest in medical malpractice and wrongful death. Outside of classes and clerking, she serves on the Executive Board for the Akron Law Review, and trains for half-marathons.
Q: What is a Law Clerk Program and Why Is It Important for Your Career?
A: “It’s a valuable, real-world, hands-on experience where we get to learn from exceptional attorneys.”
Q: What Do You Like About Working for Plakas Mannos?
A: “I really like the people. Everyone is very hardworking and loves their job, so, it makes me passionate about doing a good job as well. You can tell the people here are setting you up for success.”
Q: What Have You Learned While Clerking for Plakas Mannos?
A: “I’ve learned so much as a writer and an oral advocate, and I’ve gained many skills that will make me a better lawyer one day.”
Q: What Sets Plakas Mannos Apart from Other Firms?
A: “The people trust us to work on their big, important cases. Not only are we challenged, but they take the time to help us improve and learn from our assignments.”
Q: What Advice Do You Have for a Future Law Clerk Who Is Interested in This Firm?
A: “If you’re unsure about what type of law you want to practice, Plakas Mannos is great because of the variety of cases and areas of law you’ll be exposed to. If you’re coming in as a clerk, try everything and get a feel for what you’re interested in.”
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