May 19, 2020 Article

Becoming Essential

Gaining legal and business skills requires a targeted and thoughtful approach.

By Heather Pigman and Jessica Lu

Young lawyers often ask how to get the best assignments, identify the best skills to develop, and eventually position themselves for partnership in a firm or a leadership position in another organization. For many female lawyers, these discussions are often full of questions on how to accomplish those goals in a profession that, although making many strides toward diversity, has not yet reached that goal, particularly at the top positions.

In today’s legal landscape, young lawyers need to develop both legal and business skills to maximize their chances for success.

In today’s legal landscape, young lawyers need to develop both legal and business skills to maximize their chances for success.

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Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, there is no “one size fits all” answer. But, one thing is certain: In today’s legal landscape, young lawyers need to develop both legal and business skills to maximize their chances for success. Here, we offer some suggestions designed to help accomplish both goals. 

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