• The skills you need for your ideal career are something that you can work on and develop over time. As they say: practice makes perfect! Here are a few that you should consider working on if you aspire to be a successful lawyer: 1) Good communication skills Lawyers must be orally articulate, have good written communication skills and also be good listeners. In order to argue convincingly in the courtroom before judges, good public speaking skills are essential. Communication and read more...

  • Special Announcement: NBA Conference 2017

      It’s that time of the year again when all activities, plans and resources are geared towards the NBA Annual General Conference. This will be the 57th Annual General Conference of the NBA and its scheduled to hold in Lagos, Nigeria. Its laser-focused theme is on “African Business: Penetrating through Institution Building”. This grand gathering promises to be a transformational and path defining legal and business forum in Africa,as it will bring together a cross section of read more...

  • 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...