Inventing Yourself as a Professional: Part One

Sara J. Berman
Remember that the foundation of good research and many other lawyering skills is critical reading, with attention to detail.

Remember that the foundation of good research and many other lawyering skills is critical reading, with attention to detail.

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Who is lawyer you? Who do you want that person to be? Take some time to think about how you describe yourself as a lawyer and how you want others to describe you.

If I had to hire a lawyer today, I would want someone who is thoughtful and smart, someone who listens closely, reasons well, and reads carefully—someone who is detail-oriented, keeps her or his word, and has earned the respect of colleagues and clients alike. You? Describe the person you would hire as your lawyer.

Now, think about how to become the kind of lawyer you would like to hire. 

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