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What Attorneys Wish They Knew When They Graduated

Law students have just wrapped up celebrating their graduations, and are preparing to enter the workforce. But everyone seems to agree that law school doesn't prepare graduates to actually practice law. Here, veteran lawyers tell us what they wish they knew when they graduated, and impart advice to their soon-to-be colleagues.


Natasha L. Wilson, Greenberg Traurig LLP
“The business of the practice of law applies equally to attorneys in law firms as it does to solo practitioners, and therefore requires graduates to appreciate three fundamentals. First, be fearless. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes; but when you do, learn from them. Second, oftentimes it’s not what you know, but who you know. Work as hard at building and maintaining relationships as you do at building knowledge. Finally, mentors come in all shapes and sizes. Remain open and accepting of those who may not look like you or share your worldview. You never know where it may lead.”

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