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Advice for Young Lawyers

Studying to become a lawyer takes a lot of time, effort and money. You do not want all of this to go to waste when you realize that it is not the career you had envisioned. If you need some advice for working as a lawyer in your first year or two, you might want to consider the tips we have outlined in this post.

Figure Out Your Career Goals

The first place for you start is at the end of your career. Ask yourself, what is it I want to have accomplished during my career as an attorney? Once you can answer this question you can begin to form your career. This is how you can set your career goals. Make sure you offer a lot of pro bono work, mentor law students or younger lawyers as you gain experience and make sure you give back to your community.

Keep a Journal of Goals

The next step is to write down your career plan. This includes setting goals and writing them down. Keep a journal with you to jot down notes when ideas strike you. A journal will help you get your ideas in writing and maybe even help you meet your goals quicker because they seem more tangible.

Dream as Big as You Can

Make sure your dreams are as big as possible. Do not dream for small goals or accomplishment. Instead, dream for things that can turn your life into gold. Do not think about where your life might be in the next 10 years. Dream about where you want your life to be in 10 years. The more you dream, and put those dreams into action, the more likely it is that you will succeed as a lawyer.

Figure Out How to Meet Goals

After you have written down your goals and aspirations, determine what you need to do to meet those goals. This will include figuring out how to become a better leader, how to be a mentor and much more. You need to set goals that are attainable and manageable. Do not set the bar too high or you will be setting yourself up for failure. Do not hesitate to take risks, but make sure that these risks are obtainable in your career.

Check Off Your Goals

As you reach each individual goal, make sure you check it off the list you wrote in the journal. The more often you check-off your goals, the more confident you will become in yourself and happy with where your career is headed.


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