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October 04, 2005

Advice for New Associates

Although new associates probably aren't going to visit this site for advice, readers who aspire to be new associates someday soon might learn a thing or two from Blonde Justice and Fresh Pepper (no permalinks; scroll to Sept. 29) about starting that job. A selection of my favorite tips includes:

  1. Your life is supposed to suck. Get used to it.
  2. Save as much money as you can. Don't get caught up in the swanky attorney lifestyle, it's just fancy-looking slavery.
  3. You don't have to kiss ass. Just be friendly.
  4. Start studying for the GMAT.
Obviously, some are more serious than others, but the more lawyers I talk to, the more I realize that their snarky cynical comments (i.e. “start studying for the GMAT”) are less jokes and more serious than it's comfortable for you or them to admit.

Posted by mowabb at October 4, 2005 10:14 AM

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Mine are less snarky than that. (In my opinion.)

And my tips apply equally for work in the public sector or public interest as well as firms.

Posted by: blondie at October 4, 2005 08:44 PM