You’ve passed the bar and ready to kick-start your career. While it may seem you are done with the hard part, there is still a lot for you to learn along the way. It would be nice to have a slight edge when starting out as a lawyer and the good news is, this is the right time to start working towards the future.
We’ve compiled 7 tips for new lawyer who are just getting their careers off the ground to help with the best possible start. Whether you’re backed up with senior partners or an army of support staff, this advice will help make the hard lessons easier.
As a lawyer, you regularly have to learn and research irrespective of your standard workload. It will help you in the long run if you spend your free time researching business and laws if you practice in an industry that interests you.
One of the best ways to establish a healthy business relationship is to always think of how you can help others. So instead of asking for this favor or that, try to ask what you can do to help. You will be surprised at how much you have improved yourself by continually thinking about how you can help other people.
One of the most significant processes for a young lawyer is to find a niche and specialize. It will make you vitally more valuable to your law firm and a person of interest for potential clients. For instance, you can become a specialist on a specific type of real estate laws like foreclosure or zoning and land use disputes. It will make your value increase exponentially.
It takes years and a lot of hard work to build an exceptional reputation and a minute to destroy everything. A solid reputation for maintaining and creating respect and trust are requisites for long-term success. It is your currency in the industry, protect it with everything.
It is essential you learn early that law practice is also a business, your name and reputation are all you have to go on, and your clients are your customers. Treat your contacts, clients, and other as you’d like to be treated and every other thing will fall into place.
You shouldn’t be afraid to ask questions. Most young lawyers that are just entering the profession always feel that acknowledging not to know something is a sign of weakness. The truth is that most senior attorneys do not expect new lawyers to know much of anything, and they would much rather have a young lawyer that ask questions no matter how silly than redo hours of work.
Instead of standing on the sideline for years waiting for when your time will come, you can start putting your skill as a millennial to add value to the firm you are working. You can start managing your firm online reputation or enhance its social presence.