It is often mentioned that law firms are risk-averse, therefore the people (the attorneys) who run the firm are also risk-averse. Businesses cannot afford to not take risks. The best business advice includes taking risks. Hit the ground running towards your career goals at your new law firm job by treating your career like a business.
Top firms like to hire from the top schools, recruit from other top firms but those resume points do not guarantee the best associates. While it is true that no one is truly indispensable, lawyers who leverage their skills correctly, both intellectually (IQ) and emotionally (EQ), they can become the type of attorney that law firms want to hire and retain. Dream attorneys do exist. You can be a dream attorney (regardless of which law school you attended).
From college to law school. Law school to a law firm, the mere decision to become a lawyer comes with stress. Working in a high-pressure law firm puts a lot of stress on the associates, partners, and support team. Stress has huge implications for every staffer's mental and physical health. The struggle is so real, Above the Law has a dedicated series called, The Struggle with articles and items on the lawyer life, attorney wellness, stress control, and mental health.
You're a lawyer by career, but in your life, you are a judge. You are your harshest critic in all things you. In general, attorneys can be a perfectionist bunch but the quest for perfection can send many lawyers into a downward spiral of negative self-judgment.
You have all the legal experience needed, the book of business, but not the administrative skills. Perhaps you always had an assistant, or you never had a "regular" job at a small office wearing many hats, but understanding how systems work and how your law firm is impacted by these systems can empower you to make changes that will help your new firm thrive.
They say that the things worth doing are always difficult. FInding a good job is definitely one of those things. Whether you’ve failed to ace an interview or you lost out on an opportunity, being resilient enough to overcome job search setbacks is critical.
As a regular person, it is very easy to get caught up in everything that needs to be done, the tasks, the people, work. As an attorney, the demands of the job can be so much bigger that self-care is not even a term that is uttered or understood. Self-care? What's that? But the law firm life should not mean that you neglect your physical and mental health. We have a few self-care tips for even the busiest lawyers that will hopefully get some time now that the holidays are here and we're all getting some [well-deserved] time off.
If you are looking to get more out of your social media investment, the end of the year is a great time to begin planning for a January jump on things. One of the most important things to know are the social etiquette rules. Social media etiquette can get tricky especially when things can be so rapid-fire, but follow a few simple rules and you will fit in and stand out in all the right ways in no time at all.
No one should have to put up with workplace bias. Unfortunately, workplace bias is still an occurrence at the tail end of 2018 and 2019 doesn't look too good either. If you work at a firm that has a culture where bias (blatant and/or subtle) is commonplace, you do not have to like feel a helpless bystander.
Lawyers have some of the highest alcohol and drug addiction rates of any profession. According to a 2016 study, more than one in five lawyers reported that alcohol and/or other drugs were problematic at one point or another in their lives. Of the attorneys with a history of substance abuse, nearly three-quarters mentioned that the problem started in law school.