Strategic career advice for young lawyers from Ronald Barusch

May 31, 2011 Ronald Barusch, a M&A practitioner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, offers some interesting advice for law grads in this article in the Wall Street Journal.

Since partnership is harder and harder to achieve, the article sets out some of the hard truths on what it takes to get there, and encourages young lawyers to be honest with themselves about whether partnership is the right goal for them.

Barusch points out that the time commitment for associates is immense, and that the work can put huge strain upon family and other relationships. He counsels associates to be patient with the boring work, and to try to make themselves indispensable to more experienced lawyers. Barusch also provides insightful advice on evaluating one’s own job performance and some strategic pointers on career advancement.


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