Your role as a junior associate is critical to your law firm’s success. Whether you’re reviewing documents or conducting legal research, your work must be stellar if you want to get ahead.
Looking for strategies to help you stand out and get promoted to more complex assignments? Here are five tips to shine as a junior associate at your law firm.
- Be a self-starter who is easy to manage.
There are basic responsibilities that you have as a junior associate at your firm. Submit your completed projects on or before the deadline. If you need more time, let your managing attorney know in advance.
Be sure to monitor and report your progress at regular intervals. You never want to leave your colleagues guessing about your project’s status. Send a weekly email to all parties involved in your project.
Always arrive at meetings and to work on time. Some law firms offer flexible times in which you can report to work. However, it’s a good idea to come to work at the same time each day. This shows that you are dependable and consistent.
- Be respectful to everyone within your organization.
Regardless of your credentials or family lineage, you should treat every person at your firm with the utmost respect. This includes the cleaning staff, office administrators and paralegals. Try to remember that no one is beneath you.
Being respectful is not only a good practice, but it is also essential to building your book of business. Respect in the workplace can maximize collaboration/productivity, reduce stress, increase job satisfaction and create an equitable work environment.
Ways to demonstrate respect at your law firm:
- Provide/receive constructive feedback.
- Encourage others.
- Give your full attention when people are talking to you.
- Celebrate your colleagues’ achievements.
- Show empathy.
- Refrain from gossiping and name calling.
- Practice open and welcoming body language.
- Show your commitment to your law firm’s success.
It’s difficult to fake commitment. Either you’re committed to your law firm’s success or you’re not. Colleagues will be able to gauge your level of commitment by your actions, quality of work and willingness to help others.
Here are some actions you can take to show commitment to your law firm.
- Join a committee.
- Submit ideas to your managing partner.
- Know your job and do it well.
- Stay abreast of new developments in your practice area.
- Promote your firm by presenting on podcasts and speaking at conferences.
- Maintain a positive outlook.
- Be honest and trustworthy.
Ethical behavior matters – especially in the legal profession. Your colleagues and clients must be able to trust you with small and large matters.
Resist the urge to take credit for other people’s work. Refrain from talking about people behind their back. Be accountable for your mistakes and accept the consequences.
- Develop a sense of how your managing attorney likes projects to be done.
Learn your supervising attorneys preferences when it comes to work and project preferences. Take every opportunity to observe their written work and legal argument style. By doing this, you can expand your skill set and do your assignments right – the first time.
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