Law Firm Realpolitik
November 5, 2005 8:46 PM Subscribe
Law Firm 101: I start at a law firm soon--can any MeFi lawyers (or other office Machiavellis) give tips on how to survive/succeed? Examples inside...
posted by anonymous to law & government (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've been told some of the old chestnuts already, like wear a suit and tie once a week so that co-workers don't immediately think "interview suit" when you wear your, well, interview suit. Also, when partners send out mass emails seeking an idle associate, don't respond right away (assuming you don't want the work); let time pass and hopefully someone else will catch that bullet.
I'm not interested in making other associates look or feel bad, but I'd welcome posts on that subject so that I can avoid any bad mumbo jumbo directed at me.
Any other thoughts? Should I network the local Bar group for my specialty? Curry favor with the assistants and support staff? Try to publish law review articles? Make friends with the senior associates on the partner track? In the end, all I really want is to make this experience as rewarding and as painless as possible--on my terms.