The new year has brought in a great selection of new FindLaw Practice Guides. Last week, we looked at some of the practice guides that would help solo practitioners, and today, we look at practice guides that new attorneys at BigLaw could benefit from reviewing.
Here are our top five FindLaw practice guides you should take a look at:
Starting your career as a new attorney can be as daunting as it is exciting. Take some of the edge off by taking a look at this great list of 10 things you should/shouldn't do at work. Of course there are other considerations, but this list is an excellent starting point. Follow these ten rules and you'll be well on your way to being a great associate.
You probably knew you wanted to appear in court before you wanted to be a lawyer -- but now it's actually going to happen (sort of). FindLaw writer Anne C. O'Donnell gives you a practical checklist of what you should do before and during your first court appearance. A must read for any litigation associate.
As a BigLaw associate you may not actually write a demand letter, but the writing tips in this article are relevant no matter what type of document you are drafting, whether it's an internal memo, or letter. O'Donnell's tips will help you be a better writer, and let you in on the difference between legal writing as a student, and writing as a practitioner.
While you may think issues of eBilling don't pertain to you, it's a good idea to get familiar with these concepts. Whether you're on the partner track, or want to be a GC one day, or try out the new legal department operations manager position, you'll need to know about eBilling.
Again, to be prepared for your practice, and to make the right decisions for your career, keep up on industry trends.
As an attorney just starting out, you may be overwhelmed with the newness of it all. Take a breath, and do what you do best -- research. Read whatever you can; the more informed you are, the better career choices you will make.
Editor's Note, February 28, 2017: This article was first published in February 2014. It has since been updated.
- 4 Tips: How to Survive Your First Deposition (FindLaw's Greedy Associates Blog)
- BigLaw 101: How to Write Your 1st Professional Legal Memo (FindLaw's Greedy Associates Blog)
- Top 5 Ways to Survive the Business Lunch (FindLaw's Greedy Associates Blog)