When I began practicing law over thirty years ago, I did what had been traditional for many years: I began as a lawyer with little practical legal knowledge or skills, and learned how to actually practice law by watching and helping my mentors.
As soon as I passed the bar exam, I took a job as an associate lawyer at a small trial law firm that represented both civil plaintiffs and defendants. I stayed with the firm a little over three years before I felt qualified to quit to go into my own solo practice.
I can’t imagine what my law practice (and life) would have been like without the years I spent working under two really great mentors at my first law firm.
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