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The Young Lawyer's Jungle Book by Thane Messinger

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The Young Lawyer's Jungle Book by Thane Messinger
The Young Lawyer's Jungle Book by Thane Messinger

In The Young Lawyer's Jungle Book: A Survival Guide Thane Messinger tells new law school graduates exactly what they can expect as they enter the legal profession.

More About the Author

Messinger is a graduate of the University of Texas Law School, author of Getting In, Getting Good, and Getting the Gold, and Editor-in-Chief of the Fine Print Press, which has also published Morten Lund's Jagged Rocks of Wisdom series, which includes Professional Advice for the New Attorney, The Memorandum, and Negotiation: Mastering the Art of the Deal.

Inside the Book

Messinger covers many aspects of law practice in this volume from finding one's place in the firm and handling clients to completing work assignments and simply being a lawyer. Although it is written with Big Law in mind, many of the principles and much of the advice applies to any legal career in the public or private sector.

Topics covered include the following:

  • Feedback
  • Fitting In
  • Dancing with Clients
  • Secretaries, Staff, and Other Funny Creatures
  • On Being a Lawyer
  • The Forest

Rating & Recommendation

Messinger gives aspiring lawyers everything they need to know in one book, this time regarding one's first year as a lawyer. The advice comes from the heart as well as straight from the hip -- so if you want to know what really goes on in the trenches of legal jobs, this is the book for you.

I give this book five stars; it should be required reading for 1Ls, then 2Ls, then 3Ls, then law graduates as there's something to be learned at every step of the way. Tips that may not make much sense to a 1L could make a recent graduate's first few months at a law firm immensely easier. If you want to know how to maneuver your first year out of law school and even legal positions before that, read and study this book.

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