As a new lawyer, you often don’t have much control over the work you’re given. You’re expected to help out a wide range of people at your firm, and you’re frequently pulled into ongoing client matters to work on discrete tasks without having much involvement in those matters before the assignment. To complete those assignments successfully (and get repeat work), it’s important to ask why you’re being asked to do them. When you know why you’re doing something, you can produce work that accurately addresses the issue at hand and adds value by anticipating other issues that may also relate to the matter. Here are some tips and suggestions on when and how to ask why as you undertake legal assignments:
The Reliable Associate (On-Demand CLE)
Don't we all wish that we had today's knowledge about life and people when we were in high school? We would have navigated our way through those years in a very different manner. If you just graduated law school and are starting your new career as an associate, what are the things that would be obvious to you in two or three years that you would like to know now to become a reliable associate your first year of practicing law?