The Biggest Mistakes First-Years Make

Law360, New York (April 11, 2016, 1:56 PM EDT) -- Transitioning from books to the bar inevitably comes with growing pains for first-year associates.

From being too scared to ask questions to sacrificing thoroughness for speed, there are common errors that fledgling lawyers can avoid to improve their chances for success.

A big part of the problem is simply inexperience, lawyers say. Reading about how to do something is far different from actually doing it.

“They feel like they’ve graduated from law school and think they’re expected to know everything. They’ve just taken and passed the bar,” said Jamie L. Godsey, herself a first-year associate at Porter Hedges LLP. But, until...

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