Top 7 Tips for Succeeding as a First Year Associate: How to Succeed as a New Associate in a Law Firm

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Summary: Here are 7 insider tips for succeeding as a new first year associate in a law firm.

Here's how you can achieve success as a new associate in a law firm.

You've landed that associate position at a high-profile law firm. Now what? Do you plan to slave away in obscurity for the next several years, hoping that a partnership may be waiting for you at the end of the road? Or will you take steps to enhance your reputation, the better to position yourself for that next career move? We hope it's the latter. Here are some insider tips to help you do just that.

First Year Associates Need a Plan

1. First Year Associates Need a Plan

Decide where it is you want to go and figure out the steps it takes to get there. If you don't yet have the skills for that dream job, acquire them. Is your goal to work in a corporation? Target your market. If working for Time Warner gets you juiced, put yourself in the path of media law assignments. Do you have an eye on a slot in the U.S. Attorney's office? Start getting some litigation experience under your belt.

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