Most newly minted lawyers (and, probably, quite a few new professionals in other fields) have a touch of the “imposter syndrome,” the sense that they really are not competent to serve as professionals and the persistent fear that they will make a serious mistake, which will somehow end their careers.

The truth, as one of my colleagues likes to say, is that junior lawyers are not likely to commit any mistakes so large, and so serious, that the “republic will fail,” and their careers will lie in ruins. Most junior mistakes are relatively minor, and most can be corrected.

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