Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks

ISBN-10: 0314917470
ISBN-13: 9780314917478
Edition: 2010
Authors: Grover Cleveland
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Book details

List price: $35.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: West Academic
Publication date: 1/21/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 164
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.748
Language: English

This book contains hundreds of tips from attorneys throughout the country with the critical advice new lawyers need to ensure their success. The book provides useful, practical advice that law schools never teach. it starts with important steps graduates can take even before they begin work. With an easily readable style, Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks continues to teach new lawyers the ropes from their first day on the job. Humorous, real-life examples illustrate the lessons along with bulleted tips that provide comprehensive advice quickly.

How to Use This Book
Preface
Introduction
Sink or Swim: The Transition From Law School to Law Practice
Your Choice for the Summer: Frisbee or Test Prep?
Bar Review Study Tips
No "A" for Effort
You Are Not a Superstar
On the Bottom of the Heap
First Impressions Matter
A Good Impression
Understanding Your Real Job
How Well Do You Swim: Your First Evaluation
Your First Major Test
What the "Test" Means
Just One Rule: Never Screw Up
Top 10 Goofs to Avoid
Dealing With the Goofs You Don't Avoid
Cutting Through the Currents With Ease: 10 Quick Tips
Feeding With Fellow Sharks: Getting and Doing Work
Day Three: What to Expect
You Eat What You Kill: Getting Work
Knocking on Doors: How to Ask for Work
Completing Your First Projects
Project Checklist
Swimming With Sharks: Building Relationships With Other Lawyers
The Stack of Papers: How Not to Endear Yourself to Other Lawyers
Earning Your Keep
Judgment Day
Think Before You Act
Not So Fast�Avoiding the Perils of E-mail
Before You Hit "Send"
Never Let Them See You Sweat
Becoming a Pilot Fish: Making Yourself Indispensable With Exceptional Legal Work
Online Research Skills: The Case of the Elusive Sundome
Perfecting Your Electronic Research Skills
Sharpening Your Analytical Skills
Analytical Checklist
The $1 Million Comma and Other Perils of Failing to Pay Attention to Detail
Tips for Keeping Errors at Bay
Navigating the Currents: Managing and Building Your Practice
Taming Time
Overcoming the Overwhelming
Managing Your Work Flow
Controlling Interruptions
Building a More Civilized Practice
Preparing for the Five O'clock Shuffle
The Office Support You Need
Supervision 101: Getting the Most Out of Your Assistant
The Invaluable Assistant
Making Your Mark With Presentations
Public Speaking Tips
Shark Supply: Law Firm Economics
Fastest Is Cheapest
Time Is Money
Miracles Are Not Free
Time Records: Making Your Billable Time More Billable
Tips on Time Entries
What Really Matters: Realization
Your Dollars in the Door
Partner Compensation
Working for Free
Being Strategic About Non-Billable Time
Enjoying the Swim: Managing Your Life
It's a Marathon-Not a Sprint
Keeping Your Career on Course
Order In: Why You Should Buy Time
Life-Work Zen
It's Called Your Life "Outside" the Office for a Reason
Don't Blur the Lines
Office Romances: No, No, No
Perilous Waters
Taking the Next Plunge: Client Relations
Marketing 101: Skip the Schmoozing
Take a Seat on the Couch: The Importance of Empathizing
Showing Clients More Care
"Everything I Needed to Know About Practicing Law, I Learned Waiting Tables"
Anticipate Client Needs
Helping Clients Choose Their Battles
Helping Clients Gain Perspective
The Critical Importance of Confidentiality
Keep Your Jaw Shut
Never Forget: CYA
Document, Document, Document
Other Fish in the Sea: Opposing Counsel and the Media
Working With Opposing Counsel
Rules of Engagement
Handling Media Inquiries
Swimming Like a Pro: Legal Skills in the Real World
Contract Drafting: Think Win-Win
Smart Negotiations
Raise Your Right Hand: Taking Your First Deposition
Deposition Goals
Deposition Tips
Swimming Away
Leaving Without Making Waves
Tips for Leaving
Special Advice If You Are Laid Off
Appendices
Quick Tips for Success
The Really Quick List
Building Relationships at the Office
Researching and Drafting
Practice Management
Client Relations
A Dozen Personas to Avoid
Acknowledgments
Credits
Index

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