By: Amy Siegel Oran.
On this day, 20 years ago, I was worrying about law school finals and the upcoming bar exam. Today, as I look back, I am amazed by how much time has passed and I am taking stock of what I’ve learned. My experiences over the last two decades have shaped me into an excellent attorney, of which I am proud; however, they have also taught me that when I got into this business, I just didn’t get it.
I took a survey of some lawyer friends also entering their third decade of practice, who are also wondering how we got so old so fast. I asked what we were never taught in law school, that have caused us challenges on our roads to success, and the responses were astonishingly similar: it may be the practice of law, but it’s about successfully running a business.
To excel and be a leader in our respective fields we have all had to do more than hone our legal acumen. We had to build and manage a support team, a solid list of clients, and an ongoing plan to ensure continuity with both. Regardless of whether we are solo practitioners, part of a small group of lawyers, or a partner in a large firm like Kelley Kronenberg, we all recognized there was a fundamental skill set we still lacked when they awarded us our diplomas.
If I could go back and offer my 25 year-old self, 5 pieces of advice for entry level Law graduates, it would be these:
With twenty years under my belt, I’ve come a long way and could not be more proud of my success; but, my education is not over. The technology gets faster, the law evolves, and social change affects the attitudes of employees; it is still and will always be a learning process. While I was done with school a long time ago, I know I’ve still got a whole lot left to learn.
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