When you’re studying for the bar exam, it’s easy to become consumed by all of the review, memorization and practice that you’re doing every day. It’s pretty common for things like drinking enough water, getting fresh air, and exercising to completely fall off of the priority list. Remaining a sane and functioning human is not overrated, though. The healthier and more well-adjusted you are physically and mentally (not to mention emotionally), the easier it will be to sit through this exhausting exam without falling apart.
Law is not a profession which admits the function and value of feelings. Our training teaches us to expunge them from our minds and our work. But as human beings we ignore our feelings at risk to our overall well-being. What do you do?
Effective client screening is an important practice management tool because it enables you to build a successful and healthy practice. Stop with the excuses. Yes, it may look like a great case, but every legal matter comes with a client and if the two of you can’t work together in a healthy and positive way, then be prepared for a bumpy ride.
You will be going on interviews. How do people see you? Will you be the person they hire? Or will you be hiring people? How effectively do you judge others? How do you want to be judged by potential employees? These five tips may help you be judged correctly by the interviewer and help you to correctly interview others….including clients.
Our profession has a long tradition of mentoring young attorneys. After several years of practice, you shift from mentee to mentor rather naturally. I believe in paying it forward, and I’ve been blessed to mentor some great young lawyers. And I continue to do because….
Unlike my email, my office filing system works pretty well when I use it. However, in my effort to “get things done” for the past couple months, I hadn’t been as diligent with keeping things in order and felt the effective of that lack of maintenance on my productivity. So just like with my email, I set aside a few hours to get my files back in shape, and here are the steps I used to get things back on track.
Today I started thinking hard it would be if the lawyer actually didn’t really like many of his clients. If he (or she) just found them irritating. My point is this. Such feelings are normal in relationships of all types, so irritation is likely to be part of the picture in some attorney-client relationships. But here they are paying you for results. This makes it different. How do you manage the relationship?
We tend to choose to do immediate over important tasks because of the good feeling we get from a quick resolution. Getting an immediate job completed satisfies us. It is a subtle but important distinction in how the human brain works. But is it undermining your effectiveness as a lawyer? Find out.
We’re starting a new series of malpractice questions and answers presented by our faculty member, Allison Woods, who teaches ethics at Solo Practice University. It’s a quick, easy reminder to avoid making some serious mistakes. Look for them once a month. And hope you get an ‘A’. Can you answer our first question successfully?