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Ten rules of success for new lawyers.

Ten rules of success for new lawyers.



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    • FOR NEW LAWYERS Copyright © 2010 Jenner, Mester & Cord
    • I graduated from law school in 2003. When I started, I was mentored by two fantastic lawyers, Rob Jenner & Christian Mester. This is what they told me on Day One.
    • Get to work early. Compensate by staying late.
    • If you want a 9 to 5 job, you’re in the wrong business. Lawyering is fast-paced, intense, and demands a lot of work, especially when you’re learning the ropes.
    • You’re already behind. Don’t screw around.
    • Day One of your new job: you’re caught up. Day Two: you’re behind. Work really hard during the day, and earn your rest.
    • Boss won’t let you drown.
    • Keep your boss up to date on your assignment list. He won’t give you more than you can handle.
    • Priority, not prioritizing, is your responsibility.
    • When you have multiple projects, make sure your boss prioritizes them for you. You should give priority to the top item on the list.
      • When you get an assignment:
        • Understand the question
        • Understand the factual background
        • Understand the desired answer
    • Don’t reinvent the wheel.
      • Ask your boss for other sources:
        • Lawyers who have done this before
        • Listserves
        • Similar situations the firm has handled
    • Know your deadline, and the final deadline.
    • Give your completed assignments to your supervising attorney in plenty of time to make revisions before the deadline.
    • Organize a game plan.
    • When you get a new project, plan out how and when you will work on it. Talk to your supervising attorney about your plan.
    • Refocus and refine with updates to your boss.
    • Check in with your supervising attorney from time to time to make sure you are on the right track.
    • Pretend that your boss is the court—final product.
    • Proofread! Make sure everything looks final—case caption, signature block, etc…
    • Join MAJ and AAJ.
    • Join an association of like-minded professionals. This is your chance to meet mentors, brainstorm case problems, and do good for the community.
    • The end. Back to work.