Calm Within the Storm – Advice for New Attorneys

I started my career in St. Louis. On the eve of my first day of full-time work after graduation, passing the bar, etc., I vividly remember one moment driving down Interstate 64. In front of me, straight out of my windshield, was a beautiful orange and pink sunset. You know, the kind that almost makes you lose your breath, the kind that makes you wonder how this world even works. Behind me, with its beady eyes staring me down in my rearview, was one of the nastiest storms I’ve ever seen. As I was driving toward pure beauty and trying to outrun this monstrous storm, all while extremely stressed and anxious to start working full-time for the rest of my life, I couldn’t help but think to myself, “I sure hope this is symbolism for what’s to come.” Maybe, just maybe, with the stressors and storms of law school life behind me, this is the universe letting me know that life will be all sunsets from here on out.

Turns out it wasn’t. As much as I’d like to tell you otherwise, beginning your new career that you’ve devoted the last three years of your life preparing for isn’t all sunsets and splendor. It’s tough, but with the right advice and the right attitude, it can be fun. Because hey, who doesn’t like to play in the rain occasionally? If you’re a new attorney, you’re probably having similar feelings like what I had on that fateful day driving down I-64. And, if the universe isn’t throwing signs at you, here are a few pieces of advice to help you gear up for the storm.

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