From Attorney at Work:
To borrow a phrase from Charles Dickens, for young lawyers in today’s legal market, it’s both the best of times and the worst of times. Worst of times because there’s no place to hide. Clients are less willing to pay for the time of young associates. Law firms, therefore, can’t afford to put up with mediocre performance. They are expecting more value from associates because clients are expecting more from them.
Things are changing so fast that young associates today face challenges that others before them did not. During the “good old days” there was great comfort in being told that you just needed to keep your head down and do good work, and everything else would fall into place in due time. you didn’t need to think about things like developing business because there was plenty of business to go around for talented lawyers. Today, any comfort derived from such advice is false.
This article was submitted by Jessica Meek, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Young Lawyers Division, please email Kara Sikorski at email@example.com.