You may be well on your way to finishing law school, but don’t let your head get too big — there is still much to learn. This is the advice from first-year Tresscox solicitor Cameron Nichol.
Nichol told Lawyer2B he has come to realise since leaving university that you can think as first-year lawyers that you should know all the answers, that you should impress your boss.
“But you have to realise that you can’t know everything because you’ve only been in the game for 20 minutes,” he said.
Instead, take a very relaxed and calm approach to the job, he suggested. “Something I have realised in the past year or so is not to get caught up in the moment. Deal with everything on its face value. If there is an important case you are dealing with you can sometimes get quite stressed and quite anxious about it. You can over-think it.”
He recommends that soon-to-be lawyers ensure they are very receptive to others in the firm or organisation they work in. “Realise you’re not the bee’s knees and that you should engage as many people as you can and learn as much as you can from everyone else.
“Don’t have the ‘I am the best’ approach and be quite humble in your work, and be open to many suggestions and experiences. When I first started I didn’t know what was chalk or cheese and I didn’t know how to go about dealing with particular situations. But through the experience of working with others and taking an open approach it has certainly helped,” said Nichol.