25 Tips for the New Lawyer

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25 Tips for the New Lawyer

This is not going to be easy. But you knew that well before you passed the bar
(Congratulations, by the way!). There are a lot of lessons you will need to learn
the hard way. Still. It would be nice, wouldn’t it, to have a slight edge when
starting out as a new lawyer? Perhaps an older, savvier friend to fill you in
on subtler codes of conduct or to introduce you to the court clerk. Someone
to grab you by the elbow and steer you away from trouble and toward better
decisions. Or even a cranky old guy to “teach you a thing or two.”
We think so, too. So consider this list of tips and truths your friendly kick to
the shins under the conference table and, in some cases, a not-so-subtle kick
in the pants. We compiled “25 Tips for the New Lawyer” to help you get out of
the blocks with the best start possible. Whether you’re backed up by an army
of support staff and senior partners or braving it solo, soak up some of this
sound advice and see if it doesn’t help the hard lessons come a little easier.
(Pssssst. You’ll find more than just 25 great tips here—there are also 50+
links to some of Attorney at Work’s most popular posts.)

–Merrilyn Astin Tarlton


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