Young Lawyers

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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.

Three Steps for Finding an Ideal Job Fresh Out of Law School

By Justin J. Koterba |

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.

Get It Right the First Time: Making a Good Impression

By Anthony M. Bottenfield |

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.

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Top 10 Blogging Basics Young Associates Should Know

By Madlen J. Miller |

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.