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10 Things You Need to Know as You Start Your First Law Job

When you show up for work at a law firm, you realize pretty quickly that there's a lot to learn. Some things people will tell you, but there's a lot of stuff no one's going to tell you. Having been on both sides of the equation (as the one screwing things up, and the one getting annoyed...

Why You Need to Have a Bias Toward Action

Unfortunately, in the rapidly shifting world in which we all suddenly find ourselves, that's a serious problem! Why? Because to be successful these days, you really need to have a bias towards action. In other words, it's time to put away the risk-aversion and get on with things. What Does...

Advice for the Care and Feeding of Young Lawyers (and Lawyers-to-be)

After writing a few pieces advising young lawyers how to start off on the right foot in their new jobs , it occurred to me that it might be helpful to look at the question from the other angle: If you're supervising a young lawyer (or a law student in a summer job), what can you do to help ensure...

Is Starting Your Own Law Practice the Answer for Law Grads Still Looking for Work?

For years after her law school graduation, my attorney worked with large and mid-size firms in New York City and Philadelphia. Finally, she recognized for various reasons the desire to leave "Big Law" and go off on her own. At the same time she leased space with two other attorneys whom she...

Helpful vs. Unhelpful Advice for New Lawyers

Someone, generally a young lawyer looking for advice, raises a totally reasonable and valid concern - say, for example, that law firms aren't particularly hospitable places to work - and gets this response: Suck it up. Stop whining. It's your fault if you can't handle the hours/the pressure...

Wants vs. Needs: which one runs your life?

Have you taken the time lately to analyze the various wants and needs in your business and life? They are very different and that difference happens to be everything when it comes to designing your lifestyle. Why? One concept: choice. You are born with your needs; you choose your wants. The...

Re-thinking and Embracing Change

Last week, I heard a powerful speech by a woman whose father has Alzheimer's. Patients diagnosed with Alzheimer's suffer terribly, as do their loved ones. As a result of her father's diagnosis, this woman - the speaker - has made an interesting choice. She has made the choice to empower herself...

Fall Associates: Research Tools to Improve Your Efficiency

Feeling overwhelmed? Wishing there were more than 24 hours in a day? As a new associate, your firm expects you to hit the ground running. There is little time for training or guidance, you must prepare documents quickly and research case background accurately and effectively from the start. LexisNexis...