During the next couple of months, law students will be getting a taste of the legal profession. As summer associates, many will attend meetings, hearings and depositions. They will help prepare for closings, write memoranda and talk about the law as they interpret it. Those who make the most of their experience will not only learn the law — they will learn about the practice. They will engage with practitioners and begin writing the story of their careers. This first chapter will form the nucleus of a lifelong tale that will enhance future success. The key is to develop the ability to tell it with enthusiasm, sincerity and simplicity. And, of course, starting now.

While there always are naturally talented storytellers, many must hone their craft. They start early by listening to others and observing their varied styles. Law students must first understand what they are trying to convey and why anyone would want to hear it. One can begin the process by sharing details about the qualities that will give others confidence in their ability to contribute to the firm’s success.

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