Becoming a lawyer is no longer easy. Unsuitable initial training, sometimes very demanding schedules, stress, lack of support... so many obstacles pushing some young people to give up and join the company. However, it is these laborious beginnings that will make them accomplished Law Tutors.
1- Don’t make plans on the comet!
The profession is very often lined with fantasies. The image of the businessman warmly installed in his large office is utopian. The start of a career as a lawyer is, most of the time, as laborious as it is exciting. Whether in collaboration, partner or independent, a lawyer does not count his hours, especially when he starts because reflexes are only acquired over time. He also faces intense competition, because the number of lawyers continues to increase. And as for remuneration, realism is also essential! No need to aim too high when leaving school. Just like experience, remuneration is only acquired over time... Becoming aware of reality from training at law school helps to avoid disappointments and hasty departures to others horizons.
2- Don’t skimp on asking for advice
The legal profession is learned on the job. It is by being confronted with a situation alongside senior lawyers that a junior learns to resolve a situation, to the point of knowing how to manage it alone. The generational bond is one of the cements of our profession. It assumes that everyone agrees to play the game. Young people must show humility and accept their lack of experience by seeking advice. A reflex that is not always natural, yet fundamental.
3- Gain international experience
English is no longer an option. The largest firms make it an essential prerequisite for hiring! A simple “school level” is not enough. Experience abroad is a real “plus”. Whether it is an internship, a first experience, or an LL.M., it can make the difference between several candidates for collaboration. It also depends on your open-mindedness, or even your ability to adapt.
4- Do not neglect continuing education
We can never say it enough: the law is constantly evolving. Due to lack of time, young lawyers are sometimes tempted to neglect this essential part of the exercise of our profession. There are also numerous quality training courses put in place by the Order, offering everyone the opportunity to follow the one that suits them. Young lawyers should especially not rest on their recent achievements and keep in mind that training never ends.
5- Think about developing your own clientele
A large majority of young lawyers tend to forget the liberal side of collaboration. Caught up in the files provided by the firm in which they work, they generally do not take the time to develop their own clientele. However, the collaboration is precisely intended to support the young lawyer through to his own structure. Some simple, quick and effective strategies are easy to implement to start developing your clientele: print personal business cards, be visible on social networks, write articles to legitimize your specialty.