October 28 2010
Advice From A New Lawyer
Looking back, law school was a flash. Before I knew it, I was sitting before the bar exam, and one blink later, I was standing with my colleagues in front a judge getting sworn in. It’s official. I’m a lawyer.
2. You don’t know everything. I’ve found that people think lawyers know everything. Not just about the law – but everything. Well, we don’t—and that’s ok. If you don’t know something, keep your confident-face on and just say “I don’t know, but I’ll look into and get back to you.”
3. Practicing law is not like law school. At all. You’ve probably figured this out by now. But HOW is it different? Firstly, you’re doing a lot of less memorizing and a lot more research. In fact, much of your practice will be like the legal writing classes you took. Secondly, a lot of the work you do may not actually be related to the law, such as investigating other non-legal matters related to the case. Nevertheless, this is still important because it helps you better understand the legal aspects of the case.