Young Lawyers

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Issues Young Attorneys Should Consider When Drafting Contracts

By Matthew R. Lasek |

While it may take years to learn all the nuances and potential pitfalls involved in drafting a legal document, here are a few tips that may help new attorneys avoid an embarrassing conversation about their drafting:

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Be Thankful for the Good Things, Young Attorneys

By Michael J. Joyce |

The holiday season can be hectic for any person, but especially for young lawyers undertaking their year-end push to make their numbers, close deals for eager clients closing their annual books and clear litigation to ensure a fresh start for the following fiscal year. With the constant blare of drummers drumming, the distracting crackling of chestnuts roasting, and the consistent toiling over the next suitable location for a certain elf who often finds himself on shelves, the holiday season can throw serious curveballs into the already difficult work-life balance for young lawyers. November and December of each year often offer the perfect storm of increasing commitments at home with family and friends, and increased activity at the office. Being pulled in so many directions can leave young attorneys exhausted and jaded, and completely oblivious to the potential joys of the holidays.

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Knowing When You Are Not Prepared to Offer Legal Advice

By The YL Editorial Board |

So you recently graduated from law school and just found out you passed the bar. You must be able to jump right in and practice law, right? What about giving advice to family and friends who are excited they can now get free legal advice from you? Do you know enough to dispense this advice when requested? Take it from Ygritte in the "Game of Thrones" series: You know nothing, (insert your name here).

The Most Important Interview Question for a Young Lawyer

By Joseph R. Williams |

Every day, young lawyers and law students attend interviews hoping to attain that first big break into the legal profession. They put on their best suits. They double- and triple-check their resumes and writing samples. They meet with each member of the hiring committee and try their best to give the perfect polished answer to every question, hoping to provide the magic responses leading to a job offer. Toward the end of the interview, when asked if they have questions, they will inevitably ask a few preplanned, typical questions about the position, firm culture and advancement within the firm.

Paving a Road to Success With Early Assignments

By Dimple C. Patel |

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.

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Make Networking a Priority to Obtain Long-Term Success

By Christopher M. Varano |

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.

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Overcoming the Odds Against You as a Young Lawyer

By Michael J. Joyce |

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.