Young lawyers often struggle with the many tasks and obligations that face them. From developing and area of practice, networking, developing a client base and maintaining it, participate in pro-bono, and the same time billing hours and hopefully maintaining a life outside of work. One way to maintain a competitive edge is to hone in on their skills and find an area of expertise. Try finding a couple of areas of law the interest you and join interest groups regarding the same. The goal is to be the person to call for the type of law you practice. You will need to know the most up to date laws and events taking place in your certain practice area, which will benefit you and your clients.

The legal profession is a competitive business. It takes lots of effort to get ahead and to stay ahead. One good suggestion is to take time out every day to read legal updates and law journals. Everyone is busy with their daily tasks and lives, however, if you can manage to set a few minutes each day or and certain time each week to catch up on the legal news and events for your area of practice, then this should help you maintain a competitive edge and stay on top of the new and emerging legal issues. Additionally, social media can be a big help in promoting your career. Another suggestion is to take a few minutes each day and tweet or update a blog. Additionally, another key note to remember is that no lawyer will win 100% of the time or make the best deal possible in every transaction.  But with preparation and consistency, you can begin to shape and develop your career and improve your practice.

Ashley Spencer is a licensed attorney with The Spencer Law Firm.  The information in this blog is not intended as legal advice but to provide a general understanding of this legal subject. Readers with legal problems should consult an attorney for advice on their particular situation. The Harris County Bar Association may refer you to an attorney for legal consultation. Please email or call the Harris County Bar Association at (713) 236-8000.

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