Basic Career Building Advice For New Solicitors

Here at Legalwise Seminars, we pride ourselves on providing law CPD courses that enhance the careers of legal professionals. Whether you are an experienced legal professional or just starting out, there is something to be gained from attending our courses. At the very least, you will ensure that you earn your CPD points for the year.

If you are a young legal professional just starting out in your career, attending our seminars can be immensely beneficial for establishing yourself and furthering your career aspirations. Here is some advice for a talented young solicitor to ensure that your career gets off to a good start and continues to build momentum as the years pass.

Building Networks is Important

No man is an island, and neither is a solicitor. Legal professionals do not operate in isolation and frequently rely on various contacts to help advance their careers. Therefore, building a solid and dependable network of mentors, colleagues and clients will help ensure that many doors open for you in the future and that opportunities present themselves regularly.

An excellent way to achieve this is to attend networking events, such as Law Society functions and legal seminars. At Legalwise Seminars, we present legal CPD courses on-demand, online, and in person. We highly recommend that, where possible, you attend these events in person to maximise the network-building opportunities that they present.

Focus on Managing Your Mental Health

The legal profession is notoriously strenuous and busy, with many stressors placed upon those who operate in the field. As a legal professional, it can be easy to succumb to the immense pressure that can be placed on you when faced with a mountain of work or a particularly challenging case.

Therefore, it’s vital that you protect your mental health to ensure your well-being and that you can deliver the best possible work, uphold the standards of the profession, and satisfy your clients.

Many forms of mental health management are available, ranging from therapy to meditation. It is important that legal professionals find time to relax and get a change of scenery to refresh their minds and be able to tackle their projects, feeling reinvigorated and renewed.

It is very common for solicitors early in their careers to face burnout from overworking and trying to get ahead. This will undermine your career. Rather, you should view your early career as a marathon wherein you need to pace yourself and look after your health.

Maximise Continued Professional Development Opportunities

Within the legal profession, things are constantly changing, and there is always something new to learn. As a solicitor, it is incumbent upon you to ensure that your technical skills, as well as your soft skills, are constantly refined and updated.

Thankfully, there are excellent CPD courses available that will keep you up to speed with the latest developments and changes and help you sharpen your skill set. These range from seminars on topics such as advancements in artificial intelligence and the growing importance of ESG to the ever-shifting legal frameworks that dictate contract law, criminal law, and much more.

Legal professionals need to be constantly on top of the latest developments to ensure the best possible quality of service and likelihood of success. The more informed you are, the greater the opportunities will be, as your reputation as somebody who is always on top of industry developments will begin to develop.

It is recommended that you don’t just fulfil the minimum CPD requirements but that you go above and beyond by learning as much as you can to ensure the most advanced set of knowledge possible.

To take advantage of Legalwise Seminars’ law CPD courses and build your career in ways that will stand the test of time, contact us to sign up today.