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Career Ladder

For a Young Associate, Practice Makes Perfect

Across professions, there is a process to mastery. Hard work and perseverance don’t guarantee success, but it’s almost impossible to achieve success without them. This is particularly true in the legal profession, which is as competitive as it ...

Jay Harrington - November 29, 2017
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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
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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
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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

Get On With Your Life

“This is the year.” He sounded casual enough, but I saw the inner force he hoped to screw to the sticking place. “This is the year I finally get out of here and start doing things I love.” We’d been down this road before. The goal is always the ...

Merrilyn Astin Tarlton - August 25, 2017

Tips for the Well-Dressed (Male) Lawyer

Every new parent knows there are far more clothing options for baby girls than for baby boys. While selections have improved, it can still be a struggle to find outfits for the little gents that aren’t emblazoned with footballs or baseballs, or ...

Ryan Sullivan - August 22, 2017

Build It! The New Associate’s Guide to Business Development

Big firm or small, there's a single question the partners ask about young associates: "Is she a keeper?" And, while legal skills certainly count, we all know what ultimately swings the pendulum on that question: "Can she bring in clients?" Help ...

The Editors - August 20, 2017
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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
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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
On Balance Legal Ethics

Can You Relocate Without Taking a New Bar Exam?

Whether you’re a military spouse, adventurous spirit or just want to move to another state, relocating once you are a licensed attorney brings special headaches. Unlike other licensed professions, like CPAs, where reciprocity among state ...

Megan Zavieh - July 12, 2017