The go-to book for new lawyer success at leading firms and schools, Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks contains critical advice new graduates need to thrive. Completely revised and updated, the Second Edition includes vital new information on networking, client service, business development, project management, and many other topics. The goal is simple: To help new lawyers start strong. With an easily readable style, Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks helps new lawyers navigate unwritten rules and stay afloat in a challenging profession. The book contains hundreds of tips with inside information from successful lawyers nationwide. Humorous, real-life examples illustrate the lessons along with checklists to provide comprehensive advice quickly. With employers and clients clamoring for "practice-ready "graduates, the Second Edition's lessons are more essential than ever.
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Cover Page; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; How to Use This Book; Foreword; Preface; Introduction to the Second Edition; Table of Contents; Chapter 1. Sink or Swim: The Transition from Law School to Law Practice; Your Choice for the Summer: Frisbee or Test Prep?; Bar Review Study Tips; No "A" for Effort; You Are Not a Superstar; On the Bottom of the Heap; First Impressions Matter; A Good Impression; Understanding Your Real Job; Chapter 2. How Well Do You Swim: Your First Evaluation; Your First Major Test; What the "Test" Means; Just One Rule: Never Screw Up Top 10 Goofs to Avoid; Dealing with the Goofs You Don't Avoid; Cutting Through the Currents with Ease: 10 Quick Tips; Chapter 3. Feeding with Fellow Sharks: Getting and Doing Work; Day Three: What to Expect; You Eat What You Kill: Getting Work; Knocking on Doors: How to Ask for Work; Completing Your First Projects; Project Checklist; Chapter 4. Swimming with Sharks: Building Relationships with Other Lawyers; The Stack of Papers: How Not to Endear Yourself to Other Lawyers; Earning Your Keep; Judgment Day; Think Before You Act; Not So Fast; Avoiding the Perils of E-mail Before You Hit "Send" What Happens in Vegas: Social Media Smarts; Tips for Savvy Surfing; Never Let Them See You Sweat; Grit and Growth Mindset; Gaining Grit; Chapter 5. Becoming a Pilot Fish: Making Yourself Indispensable with Exceptional Legal Work; Online Research Skills: The Case of the Elusive Sundome; Perfecting Your Electronic Research Skills; Sharpening Your Analytical Skills; Analytical Checklist; The 1 Million Comma and Other Perils of Failing to Pay Attention to Detail; Tips for Keeping Errors at Bay; Chapter 6. Navigating the Currents: Managing and Building Your Practice Taming TimeOvercoming the Overwhelming; Managing Your Work Flow; Controlling Interruptions; Building a More Civilized Practice; Preparing for the Five O'clock Shuffle; The Office Support You Need; Supervision 101: Getting the Most out of Your Assistant; The Invaluable Assistant; Chapter 7. Shark Supply: Law Firm Economics; Fastest Is Cheapest; Time Is Money; Miracles Are Not Free; Time Records: Making Your Billable Time More Billable; Tips on Time Entries; What Really Matters: Realization; Your Dollars in the Door; Partner Compensation; Working for Free Being Strategic About Non-Billable Time Chapter 8. Enjoying the Swim: Managing Your Life; It's a Marathon Not a Sprint; Keeping Your Career on Course; Order In: Why You Should Buy Time; Life-Work Zen; It's Called Your Life "Outside" the Office for a Reason; Don't Blur the Lines; Office Romances: No, No, No; Perilous Waters; Chapter 9. Taking the Next Plunge: Client Service; Mind Meld: Ways to Wow the Client; Take a Seat on the Couch: The Importance of Empathizing; Showing Clients More Care; "Everything I Needed to Know About Practicing Law, I Learned Waiting Tables"
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Print version: Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks. [Place of publication not identified] : West Academic 2016