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Learning that the practice of law is not just about statutes and case law, and the other technical aspects of the legal system, is usually relegated to self-education and the toils of time. Particularly in the case of new associates, they are expected to become proficient in the practice of law, with little regard for either the business side of law or their personal career aspirations.
Thanks to Rachelle Canter of RJC Associates for some excellent insights on the latter. Although her article "First Steps" (free registration required) that appeared in The National Law Journal and on New York Lawyer is focused on new lawyers, I know many who have been practicing law for a number of years that could benefit from her pointers. She advises associates (and I would include junior partners, since there is no such thing as "tenure" any longer) to:
Characteristics of a "Workplace Princess":
I know I haven't done justice to Rachelle's article, so I strongly encourage those interested in bringing a focus to their career, whether you are a new associate or not, to read the whole article.
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