1. Not Keeping Track of your Time
As the proverb says “Time and Tide waits for No Man”. Lawyer’s ability to manage time will reflect in their standard and quality of their legal work. Especially in the current competitive legal field lawyer’s time management plays an important role in their professional success. As a beginner of law practice, you should learn how to do work properly and immediately in the right time.
The best way to keep effective time management is minimizing interval between work done and entry of time record. Most of the beginners used to spend time on a matter at the same moment switch to another matter and make all the things messy. You can make a record of things yet to do, matters you are working on and completed things. If you keep track of time properly clients will not
Complaint about in completion of work and need not appears to your supervisors to be working as conscientiously as you actually are. Beginning lawyers often deliberately not report the amount of their time in the fear that they might have taken a long time to complete the particular task. They also assume they are slow and are taking more time than required. Don’t bother about such things. No matter how much time you have spent on the task always charge your time as accurately as you can.
Most beginning advocates will not respect deadlines. You should note your deadlines and make sure you completed those tasks before the deadline.
2. Afraid to Admit a Mistake
All humans are essentially ego-driven creatures. It is common that everyone makes mistakes. In the initial stage of your career, you will come across mistakes. It depends on how you handle those mistakes and fixes them. Such type of mistakes can be easily resolved. But at the same time attempts to hide such mistakes will adversely affect you.
Even if you fear to expose your mistake in front of colleague or seniors, you should open up honestly to everyone. This will help others to judge you how best to handle the situation.
If the mistake made is one where a client needs to be informed, again, it is best to tell the client sooner rather than later in order to preserve their rights.
3. Improper communication with clients
Communication between lawyers and clients is very important. Failure to communicate with clients properly will create many problems. The client will not understand how the case will progress if their expectations are not managed properly. Clients might expect you to give the updates often to know the progress of their case. Some cases will take years of time to progress; during this time if you don’t contact your clients they may think you forget them. So call clients all the time. Also, inform all case related issues to them both good and bad news.
4. Behavior Outside of Work
Sometimes the new lawyers may do crazy and inappropriate things outside of work. Always keep in mind that you are a lawyer and legal boundaries are more important. Make sure that you don’t behave improperly with staffs, colleagues or anyone outside the courtroom.
Also be sure with the privacy of your clients and avoid things which could make potential clients or colleague questions your level of professionalism.
5. Not Reading the Law
It is necessary to read the laws every time when you are working with on a matter. Keep up to date with orders, judgments, case laws and all other legal news.
You might use the same section or rule day in and day out in your law practice. Basically knowing what the legislation says will not substitute examining the exact wordings of the legislation.
6. Not understanding the reputation
The reputation of a lawyer begins to build from the 1st day of your law school and continues to grow throughout the legal career. This reputation will include personality, imagination, honesty, skills, ethical standards, judgment, as well as diligence. It is very important to follow ethical standards, professional responsibilities and treat everyone with respect. You have to build a personal reputation for trust and service throughout the entire career. Any mistake, disciplinary actions or malpractices will create a black mark in your career.
7. Not willing to Accept Criticism
For most of the new lawyer's criticism, it seems to be harsh and discouraging. If you don’t accept criticisms you will not learn to be better. Not every senior lawyer, as well as clients not, knows how to hand out criticisms properly. Try to take the core of course contained in criticism to improve, and ignore the negative comments.
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