Top 10 Tips for Attorneys Starting New Jobs

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Most lateral attorneys are not given an orientation when they start at a new law firm and are left to figure out how things work at the new firm on their own. Here are the top 10 tips for attorneys that are starting new jobs.
Starting a new job as a lateral attorney can be difficult


Get to know your coworkers and allow them to get to know you. Ask other attorneys to lunch and find out what their practice areas are. When you meet someone at the coffee station or water cooler, find out what kind of work they do. Read up on firm victories and follow your colleagues' outside activities.

One of the biggest challenges is trying to get to know people and keeping them all straight. If there are firm histories, department newsletters, other publicity or information about the firm, read them. In addition, take advantage of opportunities to meet firm clients and interact with partners.

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