January 01, 2016

First-Time Lawyer: Reflections on the Early Years

Emily Crandall Harlan

We’ve all heard that law school teaches you how to think like a lawyer about the law. But what teaches you how to think like a lawyer about the many other aspects of the practice of law?

The answer, of course, is real-world experience. Nothing can really prepare you to practice law until you start. Pure hard work—which helped push you through college and law school—will no longer be enough to sustain you. Here are some challenges you may encounter in the early stages of your legal career.

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