Welcome to your first year as an associate. In the coming months and years you are going to learn tremendous amounts about the practice of law, just as you learned tremendous amounts during your first year of law school. But you won't just be learning; you will be representing real-life clients in cases and transactions. In today's booming economy, there is an ever-increasing amount of work to be done and you are going to have a busy year filled with new experiences.
We don't mean to scare you, but from now on you will be adjusting your life to fit around your schedule at the office, which can be a difficult transition. Do not despair; you will be able to see people and to socialize. It is possible to still have a life; it will just take some work (Pardon the pun). There have even been rumors of associates having and maintaining romantic relationships. We were once first-year associates and we ran into many of the stresses and obstacles you will meet along the way. Hopefully, we can offer some helpful advice.
1. KNOW WHAT TO EXPECT AS A FIRST YEAR LAW FIRM ASSOCIATE
You know that you are going to be working hard and putting in long hours as you learn to practice law at a high level. You know that the free time of your third year of law school is a thing of the past. You are starting a new professional experience and, at least at the start, you won't be able to control your schedule. Let those important to you know this and that you need some leeway while you acclimate yourself to your new environment.
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