duckfan00 wrote:What are a few tips you would advise for first year survival and sanity at a firm job??Thanks...
Your first year will most likely be a bit of a shocker. You have spent 3 years in law school looking at issues from the 100,000 foot theoretical viewpoint and now you will have partners wanting you to look at grains of sand with a microscope. Luckily, we all understand this and will help train you along the way. Here are a few tips off the top of my head:
1. Find and use a mentor. Your firm may assign one, but if not, seek someone out. This is a business relationship that will help you navigate firm culture, politics, help you get good assignments, help you understand when things don't go well, etc. To have a good mentor/mentee relationship, you have to be proactive and know that you need to seek them out and have questions when you schedule meetings.
2. Your partners are your clients. Don't forget this. Ever. Do good work for them and seek out the type of work you want. Go talk to them about deals/cases and be proactive. You can develop great business development skills that will serve you well when you are a partner if you just practice on the partners now.
3. Keep up with your classmates. They are future referral sources, GCs, judges, etc. Don't forget about them!
If you want some good practice tips, here is a good link: --LinkRemoved--