It’s finally time to put all that schooling to good use—Welcome to being a first-year associate! Being a lawyer is akin to building a personal brand. Your success at building your brand will be directly proportional to your skills, reputation, and credibility. In today’s competitive legal landscape, being an exemplary lawyer with great attention to detail and a knack for meeting tight deadlines is simply par for the course. So, how can you distinguish yourself from your peers? This article is geared toward helping you make the most of your first year by setting goals, improving your networking skills, and using the latest technological tools that can increase your efficiency and lifehack your career.

Early in your first year you will encounter the steep learning curve in your practice area and realize that it may be difficult to find purpose as a first-year associate. You may work grueling hours and be thrust into projects with little sense of the bigger picture. It is critical that amidst the tedium, you continually strategize about your long-term career.

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