So, you recently graduated law school and secured gainful employment. Well done. Now it's time to prove yourself by delivering quality work on your assignments. For even the most confident young attorneys, a new assignment can give rise to anxiety, stress and fear. If this sounds familiar to you, take a breath and break it down.
Networking is a critical skill that is too often undervalued and overlooked. The importance of establishing, growing and maintaining contacts in the legal profession cannot be overstated. As a young lawyer, your network should include mentors, colleagues and targets for business development. Each of these types of contacts is critically important to your success as a young lawyer.
Young lawyers are often faced with daunting odds, especially in their first few years in practice. Newer practitioners are required to overcome steep legal learning curves and find ways to succeed despite facing a deck seemingly stacked against them. Overcoming odds, in practice as well as in other facets of life, requires perseverance, desire and focus. Those who can win in the face of imminent defeat solidify their indispensability as counselors of the law and have the potential to distinguish themselves from the army of other associates and law school graduates hungry for a bigger piece of the pie.
Searching for the right job has always been an integral part of law school. Sitting in front of your computer and applying to jobs is easy, but it rarely works. Employers want to protect their asset (the company or firm), and only want to hire someone who will go above and beyond for the job. And the only way they can judge a potential employee is to determine whether the prospect is willing (and able) to go above and beyond to get the job.
It's that time of year: the unofficial start of fall, football season, back to school and the first day of work for many new attorneys. For some, this may be their first real job or at least their first full-time job working as an attorney in a law firm.
Most law firms now manage blogs or "blawgs" relating to their practice of law. These blogs not only help drive traffic to firms' websites, but they also provide for a more casual venue to discuss current legal topics and promote the knowledge and experience of individual attorneys. As a young attorney, you may have already been asked to start writing for your firm's blog. If you have not, you may wish to consider doing so. When written properly, blogging is easy, requires minimal effort and helps strengthen your professional reputation. It also shows senior attorneys that you are willing to participate in firm marketing efforts.
The summer before the last year of law school can be both an exciting and nerve-wracking time for any law student. If you have managed to land a coveted summer associate position, you should feel fortunate. Not only will you gain invaluable professional experience, but you may also secure your future employment, as many law firms hire directly from their summer associate classes. This article is designed to provide guidance to future (and current) summer associates, as well as to the law firms that hire them. To make the most of the experience for both parties, it is vital that the program be designed in a way that benefits both the summer associates and the firm.
U.S. companies are increasingly utilizing a procedure referred to as a tax-inversion merger to "relocate" abroad—a practice that enables them to change their legal domicile and lower their tax bill, often without changing very much in practice.
Did you just take the bar exam? If so, you may be only a few weeks away from starting your first job as an attorney. For many recent graduates, the anticipation of starting your career can be both exciting and nerve-wracking. Although it might be difficult to predict your professional future, here are a few tips that will help you succeed in your first year.