Top 20 Things Every Lawyer Should Know

17. All New Lawyers Spend Too Much Time Typing.

  • Trying to draft a document on the computer is usually a bad idea, and trying to mark up a document on the computer is always a bad idea. Enlist the help of your secretary for typing; your time is far better spent proofreading what has been typed by someone else, which is something new hires spend way too little time doing.

18. Dos and Don’ts for Your First Conversation with the Managing Partner


  • Offer a firm, but not bone-crushing, handshake.


  • Make good eye contact.


  • Clearly state name, office, and section, then close your mouth and open your ears.


  • End the conversation with a handshake before the managing partner has to.