Volunteer -- do pro bono work where there are opportunities for substantial and meaningful interaction with clients, as well as to develop skills and gain experience in a wide range of subject matter.
Set goals/identify a career path. This will lead to short and long-term career satisfaction and optimal performance.
Learn how to communicate with those who supervise you and those who assist you.
Be responsive to clients and colleagues.
Be on time personally and be timely with your work product or responding to inquiries.
Manage expectations for your clients and supervisors. Be specific. Being vague increases the chance for misunderstanding.
Be assertive and eager but not overly aggressive or combative when it's not warranted.
Proofread. Avoid typos. They damage your credibility.
- Join a professional organization like a bar association. Networking with members provides insight on different practice areas and ensures career success.
Miranda is president of the New York State Bar Association.
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