We’ve all been there in romantic relationships—wondering “Are we ‘just friends’ or more than that?” At some point, to avoid the uncertainty and uneasiness, you decide to have the “define-the-relationship” talk with the person you’re dating. You want a committed relationship, and you hope they do too!
You may recognize those same feelings of uncertainty while working as an intern or law clerk. You wonder “Am I ‘just a law clerk’ or is there full-time employment potential here?” Particularly, 3Ls clerking in small or midsize law firms or at legal aid organizations may find themselves wondering if their efforts are leading to post-graduate positions or if their employers have no intention of extending a full-time job offer. Just like in a romantic relationship, it’s best to “define-the-relationship” with your employer early.
This article provides proven tips for how to have a successful “define-the-relationship” conversation with your employer.