Next Tuesday many first year associates started their legal careers in law firms across the US and Canada. For many years I was asked to speak during their orientation.

Next month on October 23, I will be the Keynote speaker at a Boston Bar Association event called Brand Yourself  (Click to take a look at the brochure.)

There is nothing in my work I enjoy more than the opportunity to speak to young lawyers. So, I am really looking forward to it.
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One thing I will cover in a handout is what their law firm expects of them.

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Here is a list:

  1. Ethics and integrity
  2. Intelligence and critical analysis
  3. Hard working
  4. Professional
  5. Desire to learn
  6. Healthy
  7. High energy
  8. People skills
  9. Ask questions when unsure about an assignment
  10. Listening skills
  11. Desire to be a lawyer
  12. Patience
  13. Confidence
  14. Dress appropriately and professionally
  15. Participation in firm events and activities
  16. Do something to become involved in your community

Are you a first year lawyer, or will you have them in your firm? If so take a look at my Practical Lawyer article: Forty Important Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was a First-Year Lawyer.