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Metz: 3 things to know as a new attorney

When I began writing this column, I reached out to friends from my law school class to gather a few of the common things we wish we had known when we first entered practice. After gathering suggestions, I decided to include the three most common and strongly held opinions.

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Pilotte: Asked and answered: Advice for new lawyers

In a profession that has its moments of cutthroat competition, there are some terrific mentors, as well, willing to pass along advice. In service of that goal, we’ve crowdsourced a handful of genuine questions from new lawyers, each of which we passed along to three more experienced attorneys.

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Pike: An open letter to the new law school graduate

Our challenge to you is to think about how you will show up for yourself and your co-workers as a colleague in the legal community. You are no longer a student, and that can be a challenging landscape to navigate as a new attorney. So, what do the best professionals know and how do they make their marks at the beginning of their careers?

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Finding the right fit: New lawyers rejecting long hours, big salaries in favor of work-life balance

In 2021, the hiring of lateral associates skyrocketed 148.5%, the largest year-over-year increase recorded, according to NALP. Likewise, Thomson Reuters warned that by November 2021, law firms were “edging dangerously close” to seeing almost a quarter of their associates leave. However, while firms have raised associate compensation to lure talent, many new lawyers are not as interested in big salaries as previous generations of new attorneys.

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Sims: What I wish I had known as a new lawyer

The last two years have proven to be a unique challenge for the legal profession, especially young lawyers. It was an arduous time to learn the ins and outs of practicing law, but due to the flexibility and success of remote work, it appears at least some aspects of virtual meetings and events are here to stay.

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247 admitted to Indiana bar

The following new lawyers were admitted to practice law in Indiana after passing the July 2021 bar exam. A total of 247 new lawyers participated in an in-person admission ceremony on Oct. 21.

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Vershay: 11 tips: Things I learned rising through the law firm ranks

It wasn’t that long ago that I found myself asking around for tips and pointers to develop skills and maximize my opportunities as a young associate. As a new class of lawyers begins settling into their legal careers this autumn, I wanted to share some of the tips I’ve received and helpful things I’ve learned over the past 13 years (some the hard way!):

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ABA urges key reforms on student loan debt

In an effort to address the crushing weight posed by student loan debt, the American Bar Association House of Delegates adopted a resolution penned by a group of young lawyers during its midyear meeting last week. The resolution urges programs to assist law school graduates and law students experiencing financial hardship due to their student loan debt.

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Indiana to switch to Uniform Bar Exam in 2021

Indiana has decided to join the growing majority of states and adopt the Uniform Bar Exam in July 2021, according to an announcement Tuesday from the Indiana Supreme Court. Justices also announced Tuesday that the February 2021 Bar Exam will be given remotely.

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