If it is true that you never get a second chance to make a first impression, young lawyers then need to think twice before unloading boxes of personal items and setting up shop in their new offices.

Office decorating may seem like a minor detail to an associate starting a new job, but the way you choose to decorate says a lot about your personality. Laura Schachter, director of associate development at Chadbourne & Parke, has some advice for young associates. “You are smart, competent, interesting people with a lot to contribute. Don’t put anything in your office that suggests anything to the contrary.”