The start of a young lawyer’s career is marked by an infinite list of first experiences. When navigating the first few months of practice, it is natural for a young lawyer to feel anxious, overwhelmed and overly skeptical of the work. Confidence within the profession takes time, but young lawyers should focus on building basic, yet consistent practices to lessen the mental burden and forge a path toward success.

One practice young lawyers have the ability to perfect early in their careers is assignment intake. It sounds elementary, but where most law schools teach students how to approach and generate work product, seldom is there guidance on how to properly accept an assignment. Young lawyers should ensure that their assignment intake process covers both the logistics of assignment intake and meeting the assigning attorney’s expectations.

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