This article is part of a series from former Canadian Big Law managing partner Norm Bacal and M.C. Sungaila, appellate practice chair at Buchalter, offering insights for newer associates about the environment of Big Law firms and building a reputation and career beyond the law firm. Part 1 is here.

As a new associate in a large firm, you will work in teams with colleagues, partners, staff and clients. This will be an adjustment. Many associates find it difficult and frustrating. The law school environment reinforced that your success is largely the product of your own efforts.