My professors in law school taught me case analysis, courtroom techniques and legal research skills, but they overlooked one important area: the practical realities that exist within a firm.

When I became a lawyer, a partner gave me what I now realize was great advice: “Don’t think like an associate,” she told me. “Think like a partner.” I wisely nodded my head. “Of course,” I solemnly replied, hoping she would not notice my confusion.

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