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Should Young Lawyers ask for Performance Feedback or just Wait to Receive It?

As a rule, we all want to know if we're doing OK.  Sometimes it's obvious, but sometimes less so. So what do you do if...

Should Young Lawyers Do Volunteer Work?

In a legal market where jobs are harder and harder to come by, many law students and young lawyers are looking to volunteer to...

6 Ways for Young Lawyers to Build their Networks

There are many things I wish I'd done earlier, and one of them is starting to build my network of contacts. Now, let's make sure...

Take the Training Wheels Off your Legal Career

It has occurred to me over the last little while that I've never really written a "manifesto" for this site.  Many writers (or bloggers...

You Need a Mentor – RIGHT NOW

If you are a lawyer or soon-to-be lawyer, you need to find a mentor. This should be a pretty obvious statement, but I think the...

Time Recording – A Primer on Billing “by the unit”

When I went to Uni, I had (at least in theory) an infinite amount of time in which to accomplish any task.  In business terms...

Assignment to Advice – 5 Tricks to help Transition from Student to Lawyer

One of the things that many recently employed graduates and newly admitted lawyers struggle with is their legal writing style. In my view there are...

Be Amazing – 5 Tips to Get you Started

Is "amazing" a goal you have set for yourself?  If not - why? People who describe themselves as "amazing" have a tendency to be people...

Is University failing us?

University degrees are failing up and coming professionals by not teaching the skills they need to flourish in the workplace. To some, this opinion will...

Write an Article that isn’t terrible

Very quickly in your legal career you will likely be asked to help write an article for distribution to clients or contacts of the...

How to Catch an Egg without Breaking It

Knowing how to go about approaching your first legal file (or files) with a minimum of risk, especially if your first file is inherited, can be...

Legal Drafting – The Ultimate Guide to Writing like a Lawyer

Why is legal writing so hard?  For anybody who is not a lawyer and doesn't have to do legal drafting, you'll just have to trust...

Marketing for Lawyers – Beginnings

Let's face it - marketing for lawyers is a nightmare.  Most lawyers hate marketing, but all of them acknowledge its necessity.  Whether you call...

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Or… We Could Just Fire You Instead

Recently I took a bit of a shot at law firms trying to pretend that their COVID-related pay cuts came with associated reduced working...

40% Pay Cut, 140% Full Time Load

It's been fascinating watching law firms react (in advance) to what they believed was going to be the horror story of COVID-19.

How to Make the Most of Your CLE

Attending any kind of continuing legal education can feel like it was largely a waste of time - even if it came with a...

Legal Careers Are Awesome

Recently I mentioned what I thought was a fairly self-evident concept: being a lawyer is actually pretty challenging. If...

Earning the Right to Speak

When I was a younger lawyer, I tended to speak my mind more often than was appropriate. Thankfully, I had (mostly) patient...
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