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November 2010 , Page 43 

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Ten Tips for New Lawyers

By Brian G. Jones; Edited by Elizabeth Kelley

Ten Tips for New Lawyers

In late 2007, I entered private practice. I had other options, but in light of my ultimate career goals and encouragement from several attorneys I admired, I decided to take the plunge. I rented space from an experienced attorney and started working. Because I had spent some time in a public defender’s office, I thought I knew what I was doing. I didn’t.

Listed below are 10 things I know now that I wish I had known when I started private practice. The tips range from practice etiquette to business planning and profitability. With the current economy, the legal job market is as grim as any other industry. New attorneys are hanging their own shingles at a rate higher than ever. To new warriors, I offer the following tips as you begin this new adventure. Hopefully, the more seasoned law veterans can pick up one or two things as well.

1. Visit your client in jail.
While the remainder of this list is in no particular order, this tip is first

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