How to Succeed as a Junior Lawyer in Biglaw

I wrote a book! And I published it! You can buy it on Amazon (kindle only for now – the print version is coming soon) and I would be so happy if you went over there to check it out (just click HERE – or on one of the other million links I’m including to it all over this blog :)).

Why would you do that? Well, if you want to achieve success as a junior lawyer in Biglaw, it’s not that simple. Luckily, it’s also not that hard – so long as you have the proper tools, and that’s where this book comes in.

Law school barely prepares you for the legal world, and it definitely doesn’t prepare you for a Biglaw job. Your criminal procedure, evidence, and con law classes were all either fascinating or torturous (depending on your point of view and your professor). Regardless, they have basically nothing to do with working as a Biglaw junior associate.

So how can you prepare for success in Biglaw? Many skills you’ll learn on the job. But you don’t have to wait to learn (i.e., mess up and then learn from your mistakes) all of them. Many can be taught ahead of time, from someone who tells you the truth about what it takes to succeed. That’s what I’ve aimed to do in “Behind the Biglaw Curtain.”

Without further ado, here is some more information about the book:

1. What is this book about? 

In twenty-five chapters, I’ve broken down all of the most important things a junior associate needs to know.

It’s filled with real-life examples, not lofty, abstract goals that you can’t reach. What’s the point in telling junior associates that they should get to the office early every day, work diligently and uninterrupted until 7:00 p.m., take a few moments at the end of their workdays to write out the next day’s to-do list, and leave the office at 7:30 p.m., when Biglaw’s reality is far from that? I tell you how things actually work and how you can succeed within the parameters of Biglaw’s reality.

(For the full Table of Contents and a peek inside the book (and behind the curtain!), head on over to Amazon)

2. Who should buy this book?

I wrote this book mainly for two groups of people (although I think anyone in the Biglaw world can benefit from reading it):

  • Law students attending on-campus interviews who are wondering what lies behind the glossy sheen of the firms they are visiting (whether in-person or virtually).
  • Junior associates who are already embedded in the crazy world that is Biglaw and who need some extra support.

While this book is tailored to specific situations that happen in Biglaw offices around the world, much of the advice holds true for many legal jobs. Whether you are a corporate, non-profit, or government attorney, much of what Biglaw demands of its associates, such as producing impeccable work product, is valuable at any of these jobs.

And unlike some of the other legal advice books out there, this book isn’t written just for those who want to make partner. I know from experience that not only is partnership not the goal of most junior associates, but it is not realistic for most, either. Most associates enter Biglaw hoping to pay off student loans, receive excellent legal training, and learn valuable skills that they can take to any future job. For that reason, this book teaches you how to be the best junior associate you can be, no matter what your end goal is.

3. Why did I write this book?

After starting this blog, I realized I had so much to say about succeeding in Biglaw, but nobody to say it to. Instead of putting blog post after blog post out about it, I figured I may as well write a book. That process ended up taking a lot longer than I expected, because my original idea for a simple PDF eBook turned into a real (!) book, and I’m happy that it did.

Beyond just wanting to share the knowledge I had gathered and stored away after working in Biglaw for eight years, I really, truly wrote this book to pull back the curtain on Biglaw and show intimidated or nervous law students and junior associates that Biglaw is not so intimidating or scary after all, so long as you learn the rules and play by them.

My ultimate goal is for this book to be the resource for you that I wish I’d had as a junior associate, so you don’t have to struggle through those early Biglaw years like I did. 

Head on Over to Amazon to Check Out the Book (Or Send This to Someone Who Should)!

If you think you’d get some value out of this book, I’d love it if you could head on over to Amazon to check it out. If you know someone (a law student perhaps) who you think would benefit from reading it, please do pass it along!

Lastly, thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout this process! I began writing this book on my Uncle Bill’s coffee farm in Colombia almost two years ago and, coincidentally, I’m sitting here today in NYC, wearing the same t-shirt I wore then with his farm’s logo on it, letting the world know that my book is finally here 🙂

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