envelope

Get more Attorney at Work!

Sign up for our free newsletter.

x

All fields are required. By signing up, you are opting in to Attorney at Work's free practice tips newsletter and occasional emails with news and offers. By using this service, you indicate that you agree to our Terms and Conditions and have read and understand our Privacy Policy.
ROI Calculator

Associates

associates

Look in the Mirror: Associates Hold the Key to Their Own Happiness

In a 1955 essay in The Economist, Cyril Northcote Parkinson, a British historian, described a phenomenon that would come to be called “Parkinson’s Law.” His key insight: “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” In ...

Jay Harrington - October 23, 2017
struggling associate

Think Big, Act Small: The Cure for What Ails a Struggling Associate

When I was practicing law at a large firm, the associate annual review period was always an interesting time around the office. This may not be true at all firms, and perhaps there’s more frequent communication happening these days, but in my ...

Jay Harrington - September 20, 2017
young associate

How to Generate ROI as a Young Lawyer

Your law firm cares about your personal and professional growth. But make no mistake, the law is a business — often a cutthroat one. Your firm has made a big investment in you in terms of salary, benefits, training and overhead. It expects a ...

Jay Harrington - August 29, 2017
partnership

Maybe You Should Pass Up That Partnership Offer (Really)

You're in a small firm with one or more baby boomer senior partners, and they’ve just made you an offer of partnership. Congratulations. Maybe. Before you accept, there are lots of questions you should ask. Here are just a few, starting with the ...

Dustin Cole - August 9, 2017
associate

The Stoic Associate: How to Deal with Feedback and Worry Less

For many young associates, their first “real” job is at a law firm. If you fall into this group, it’s likely that you’re receiving honest — sometimes glowing, sometimes harsh — feedback about your work for the first time. On the other hand, you ...

Jay Harrington - July 24, 2017
imposter syndrome

Three Tips to Overcome Impostor Syndrome as a Young Associate

Athletes often discuss the fact that each time they advance to the next level the game “speeds up.” The leap from high school to college ball is a significant one. Players are bigger, faster and stronger, and the game moves at a more rapid pace. ...

Jay Harrington - June 27, 2017
associates

Path to a Successful Legal Career: Learn to Love the Process

A great deal has been said and written about the epidemic of the unhappy lawyer. Surveys suggest that career dissatisfaction among lawyers, and even rates of depression, are on the rise. Law firm associates are not immune. In fact, a survey from ...

Jay Harrington - May 24, 2017
one of a kind with apples

Why Are You at the Office Until 10 p.m.?

The early days of my legal career at a big firm involved lots of late nights at the office. It seemed like I was routinely getting home around 11 p.m. — often later. It was a busy time, so late nights were required. But not always. Looking back, ...

Jay Harrington - October 24, 2016

Marketing Goals for Associates?

Like most new associates, you know you should probably focus on marketing, but where? In this month's edition of "Ask the Experts from the Legal Marketing Association," Tina Emerson, Jim Jarrell and Ian Turvill answer the question, "As a law ...

The Editors - November 3, 2015
T-Rex with open mouth Otto Sorts

Best Way to Deal with a Jerk?

The associate walked into my office clearly upset and asked if we could talk. She closed the door and let loose: “George is such an asshole! He makes my life miserable and now he's given me a bad review!” She checked off the details of this ...

Otto Sorts - December 16, 2014