• 6 Enduring Tips for Solo Startups

    Eric Ries (author of the best-selling book The Lean Startup) stated that “Start-up success is not a consequence of good genes or being in the right place at the right time...Success can be engineered by following the right process, which means it can be learned, which means it can be taught.” If it can be learned and taught then there’s perhaps no better source for lawyers thinking about opening up a practice than the advice of lawyers who already have.  Here’s a summary of 6 read more...

  • How To Stand Out As An Exceptional Junior Associate – Part 2

    I promised to share with you another set of tips if you want to succeed as a junior associate. So here goes... 1. Decide on a Mentor. Frankly, it never hurts to become the protégée of one of the law firm's more powerful partners. You can learn a lot just by watching such a lawyer at work, and he or she will help you as you advance along the partnership track. Choose wisely. Ideally, your mentor should practice in an area of the law which interests you, and it will help that your read more...

  • How To Stand Out As An Exceptional Junior Associate – Part 1

    There are obvious and very important factors for success as an associate, which include a good working knowledge of the law, an ability to apply legal concepts to factual situations and a capacity to communicate clearly and effectively in written and oral presentations. If you have those skills, you are already far ahead of the game of practicing law. However, becoming a winning junior associate requires much more than sheer legal ability. It also includes a variety of more mundane factors read more...

  • One BIG Business Success Tip For Lawyers

    The big challenge for newbie lawyers has always been filling in the gap between what they learnt in law school and what they need to know in the real world about running a law firm. Specifically, running a law firm like a business. The truth is law schools have been a little slow in understanding that there’s a major difference between running a law firm and running a law business. Thus, lawyers need information on aspects of how to grow and run a business and an understanding what it read more...

  • 6 Brief-writing Tips For Newbie Lawyers

    I don’t want to be preaching to the choir here, but I’m pretty sure you know how important the quality of your brief is to the outcome of your case. It is extremely important that before you step into the courtroom for a hearing, you have made your best effort to present your arguments in your brief the best way simply because the briefs you submit will often set the stage for how well your arguments play out, and one slip-up could damage your case. But there are a few things every read more...