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« on: April 08, 2013, 12:18:18 PM »
Quote from: beibee link=topic=55818. msg244801#msg244801 date=1258991078
10 Tips for Beginning a Successful Legal Career

With that in mind, here are our top 10 tips to transition seamlessly a successful legal career. 

1.  Realize how little you know, and ask questions. 

In the coming years, there will be countless situations when you don't ask a question because you don't even know enough about the topic to formulate a question.  Failing to disclose your ignorance on a topic when given an assignment will, ultimately, catch up with you.  Don't think that, by virtue of being a smart person, you can accept the assignment and figure it out as you go. 

If you develop a reputation for having a false sense of confidence, more senior attorneys will ultimately lose their ability to detect when you can actually handle an assignment, and when you are faking it.  So if you have a question, ask. 

2.  But ask your questions at the right time and direct them to the right people. 

Feel free to ask for assistance, but make sure you ask the right people at the right time.  Questions about the scope or deadline of an assignment, for example, are perfect questions for partners, and should probably be asked at the time you receive the assignment. 

Some questions, however, such as how to format a memo or how to find a document in the firm's document management system, are probably better reserved for fellow associates.  Try to find a mentor who will support you in your career growth, anticipate your problems and answer your questions (even the stupid ones). 

3.  Don't live lavishly. 

If you receive a big starting salary, don't spend it all.  Instead, try to live on about half to three-quarters of your income and save the rest as if you never made it.  This will prevent you from living a life that you cannot walk away from, and will make transition to other fields easier.  The best way to deal with the prospect of one day having to take off the "golden handcuffs" is to never put them on in the first place. 

4.  Get to know the staff and be courteous to them. 

No matter where you went to law school or who you clerked for, you're no better than anyone else in the office, and you should act accordingly.  Most staff members know more about the practice of law than most new associates.  They know how to file motions, they know how to serve subpoenas and they likely have relationships with key administrators at the courthouse. 

You're going to need the staff members' help, often when you least expect it, and it'll be much easier and painless to get that last-minute assistance if the staff knows and likes you.  The same goes for staff at the courthouse and in chambers.  Get to know them and be respectful; they can be an important resource. 

5.  But learn to do it yourself. 

Local filing rules can be quite confusing, especially for a new attorney.  You need to learn the filing process.  Figure out what attachments you need, cover sheets, certificates of service, other forms, etc.  For litigators, learn how to electronically file, both locally and the federal courts.  For corporate or transactional attorneys, learn EDGAR and the other tools available to you. 

While having a good secretary that knows all these things and does them without prompting is great, you need to learn how to do this yourself and be self reliant. 

6.  Learn the rules of civil procedure.

Yeah, we know you took a Civ Pro course (maybe two) during your 1L year and studied the topic as part of your bar review.  But young litigators need to become masters of civil procedure.  If you know the rules, you can use them to gain real advantages against your adversaries.  (See, for example, Fed.  R.  Civ.  P.  6(d)).  And nothing is worse than trying to explain to an irate partner or client that you lost an important motion because you miscalculated the response time. 

Ask your librarian or a more senior associate to recommend a good civil procedure treatise and get a copy that you can keep in your office. 

7.  Become an expert and seek out new opportunities. 

Become the office expert on some area so that people come to you as a resource.  This may mean spending extra time that you don't get to bill for, but it makes you a valuable member of your firm and will pay off in the long run. 

Closely related, raise your hand at work more often (following a theme from last month's editorial) and request opportunities that you haven't experienced yet or that have not yet been "assigned" to you.  Ask for the assignment.  For example, if you want the experience of defending a deposition, ask the lead attorney to let you defend some depositions. 

8.  Network. 

While as a new associate you will be busy learning the ropes and working toward making your billable hours goal, you also need to take time to connect with a diverse range of other attorneys and non-attorneys who may be good business contacts down the road.  When meeting new people, write down what aspect of their business or experience you find interesting or useful.  To start a relationship with someone you met at an event, send a follow-up note to that person to set yourself apart from all the other people he/she met. 

Such relationships come in useful when a novel issue arises for your managing partner, and you know the perfect contact to help out with that issue.  This only works out, though, if you've done the legwork to maintain a relationship with that person.  Calling someone out of the blue and having them not remember you is just embarrassing. 

9.  Work really, really hard. 

In law school, you had almost complete control over when and how you completed your outlining and otherwise managed your time.  Now you are expected to focus and make the most of the time in the office, and that can be a challenge. 

Firms will no doubt vary with respect to oversight and management of associates, but do not abuse a firm environment that seems really relaxed.  The firm may say, "We don't care about face time," and it may very well be true, but all firms will care about your billable hours come year-end.  Partners know which associates are the worker bees, and you'll want to have your name on that list. 

10.  But keep perspective. 

As an associate at a firm, you can tend to have "tunnel vision" and get focused on doing just work.  That's probably not the best thing for you.  It's preferable to get involved with other activities, whether they are bar associations, hobbies, athletics or whatever.  Having a life consisting solely of going to work at a firm and then going home every night will not be as rewarding as having other things going on.  It is possible to have life outside of the firm; make it a priority.

This article first appeared in Young Lawyer.

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« on: October 19, 2012, 09:44:04 AM »
Perception is reality in business - the case you present for yourself and the way you act, and your political skills are as important as what you actually achieve.  I think this one is the most important for a successful career and also to work with enthusiasm always. 

« on: September 30, 2012, 07:48:43 AM »
Quote from: beibee link=topic=55816. msg244794#msg244794 date=1258990611
10 Tips for Managing Your Career

Here are some tips for those just beginning a new career and career changers.  If you have been in a job for a while, these tips may be helpful in revitalizing your career or in focusing your attention on the need to make a change.

1.  Take responsibility for building your own career ? In today?s work environment managing your career is your responsibility.  Even if you are lucky enough to have a mentor you are the one that needs to take charge of building your career.  Mentors make suggestions but you decide if the suggestions fit or if they will work for you and then act on them.  You must have a vision of where you are headed and then find your own path!

2.  Define career satisfaction for yourself ? Notice what gives you the most satisfaction and where your passion is.  Know your life purpose and use it to guide your career.  Once you know what you love and what is most satisfying to you, find ways to do this kind of meaningful work either in your current job or another.

3.  Have a detailed career plan which you update regularly ? Make a career plan and follow it.  Watch for job opportunities that meet your career goals and apply for them.  If you miss a goal in your career plan, update the plan and create an action plan to attain the missed goal.  Use your weekly career time (see #8) to call people (see #6) who can help you to reach your goal.

4.  Build your own brand ? Find a facet of your work that interests you and that is useful to others.  Develop an expertise so that you are the ?go to? person for this expertise.  This gives you a competitive edge and you become known for your knowledge (the expert). 

5.  Track your accomplishments ? You can not rely on your manager or your peers to remember and credit you with your accomplishments.  Keep a list that gives your accomplishments in the format that states the problem, the solution and the result.  You can use this document as a reminder for yourself during your annual review and also as a basis for updating your resume.

6.  Build relationships ? It is all about your network.  Building and maintaining relationships with people in your field and people who are in a position to help you move forward in your career is imperative.  Start with your college professors! Find other mentors, advisors and coaches along the way to help you expand your network.  Stay connected to colleagues from past jobs who may be able to help you in the future.

7.  Communicate frequently ? To become known as an expert in your field you will need to write and speak frequently.  Work with the leading professional organization in your field to speak at meetings and write for their publications.  Find other places to speak and write on your expertise.  This will help you to build your brand, become an expert in your field, and meet other people who can help you to move forward.

8.  Set a regular time each week to work on your career and brand building ? It is easy to get caught up in the activities of the job and to convince yourself that there is no time for working on your career.  Doing that may be good for the company you work for but it is not good for your career.  Setting time aside weekly to add accomplishments to your list, to identify people to network with and to find meetings to go to is an investment in yourself and your career.

9.  Know your value to your organization ? Why do others want you on their team? Be very clear on the value you bring to the organization and be able to say it simply and clearly.  Take credit for this value and let others know about it.  It is part of gaining credit for being an expert and branding yourself.

10.  Be proactive ? Don?t wait for others to do this.  Get started today! In this case the early bird gets the prime assignments, the promotions and the new job.

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