“Resume builder.” It’s a term we are taught at a young age. We join the band and play sports to get into a good college. We join clubs and volunteer to be attractive to law schools. We pull all-nighters with the hope of making Law Review. Before we know it, our resume building is over and we are first year associates. There is no longer a need for extracurricular activities, right? Wrong!
Extracurriculars should not take a back seat once you get a desk and a 401(k) plan. The link between extracurriculars and success, if anything, becomes stronger once a young attorney starts practicing law. Any young associate can be a workhorse, burn the midnight oil and bill 60 hours a week to generate income for the firm. However, what really sets a new attorney apart—and puts her on the partner track—is the ability to generate business. Money talks. To start building a book of business, a young attorney should network by participating in professional organizations, interest groups, boards, or legal publications. These extracurricular activities will help young attorneys to establish their names in the community, and inevitably, referrals will follow.
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