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As with Jagged Rocks of Wisdom: Professional Advice for the New Attorney, some of you will find many of my rules obvious. Good for you. Others will find that they have already broken most of the rules in this book, as many rules seem obvious only in retrospect.
A critic once wrote that my advice was obvious to anyone who understands the economics of the working world. I couldn’t agree morebut the reality is that most fresh law graduates in fact do not understand the economics of the working world, even when they think they do. If these rules were as obvious as they appear, I would not have felt compelled to write this book, as I would not see and hear about these errors over and over and over again.
The rules in this book will occasionally be not just inconsistent and contradictory with each other, but also inconsistent and contradictory with the rules from Jagged Rocks of Wisdom. That’s how reality works. You can sit and complain about how the rules contradict each other, or you can go about the business of understanding how and why they contradict each other. Once you understand this, you are well on your way to understanding how to be a successful junior associateand in time a successful senior associate and partner.
My hope is to present important information that is not special or secret, or even particularly complicated, but that somehow we fail to convey to our junior associates early on. Much like your job, these rules can be harsh and unreasonable and, as mentioned, seemingly impossible.
Your job is to navigate these jagged rocks of impossibility, and I hope in this book to provide you with helpful navigation in your efforts.