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Advice for a junior associate lateraling after a rough first year of practice? (Start at the new firm next week)

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What was so rough about your first year? Think about that, and what you would have done differently now that you have, more or less, a fresh start.

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Congratulations on your new role!! Go in with an open mind, try not to bring any negative thought about your old firm into your new one, and give yourself time to get settled. Seeking out a few key attorneys and staff members to be your “go to” people when you have questions can also be helpful.

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Look back on your last year and think of the things you could do different. Also take it as a learning experience (in both terms of what to do and what not to do). Other things to focus on at the new gig: Connecting with staff right away (have a meeting where you talk to others on your team) Connect with your boss/ reporting attorney write down notes from questions you ask so it’s not repetitive and so you can reference it later on. Also keep templates of everything Never feel bad about asking questions and own your mistakes! Congrats on the new gig!!

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Don't talk about your old law firm or make verbal comparisons about how they did things unless specifically asked.

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