Friday, October 23, 2009

How to be a Successful Law Firm Associate

A panel of business lawyers spoke with SU Law students on Oct. 22 about their career paths and the work that is expected of associates. Associates get their assignments from experienced lawyers and can develop strong working relationships - and mentorships - with those individuals. The key is to be the go-to person who is able to meet the need to get work done efficiently and effectively. Their advice on critical characteristics of a new law firm associate: Be organized; dependable; a self-starter; able to manage a lot of data; and willing to do the grunt work in addition to the interesting work. They advised that your resume demonstrate those same skills. Feel free to ask that CPD help you craft your resume so that it communicates these and other critical skills.