In just a few weeks I will be speaking to brand new first year lawyers. I always enjoy this opportunity and this year will be no exception. If you are interested you can click on Starting Right for Career Success and look at the slides I used last year.
I recently read an interesting blog post 10 Ways to be Wise Beyond Your Years by Scott Ginsberg, The Nametag Guy. Several of the 10 ways will apply to first year lawyers. The very first way is to learn by doing. I suggest that as many development activities as possible be learning by doing. I think you will find this approach most effective because the associate will learn by doing and hopefully will build confidence. There is a Chinese proverb that Duke Basketball Coach Krzyzewski uses: “I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand."
If you will be working with new first year lawyers, consider having them read my 20 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I was a First Year Lawyer and my 15 Additional Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I was a First Year Lawyer.