The Key To Being A Lawyer & Making Partner

by Megan on April 21, 2014

Making Partner

In our professional development videos, I ask law firm partners to share their tips for associates on effective workplace communications, business development, and client communication. All of these topics are essential skills to master on your way to making partner.

Today, we put it all together with Adam Gropper, author of Making Partner: The Essential Guide to Negotiating the Law School Path and Beyond. Adam’s story is great because he had to fight his way up to making partner in a BigLaw firm. Check out his advice in this video, then watch the related videos for more from Adam and other JDCOT guests:



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Immigration Attorney Christina H. Lee

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How To Become A Sports Agent – Alternative Careers For Lawyers

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Networking Tips For Law Students: How To Find Law Jobs In A Different City

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Career Development for Lawyers – How To Achieve Your Career Goals

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What To Do With A Law Degree – Awesome Advice From Twitter

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Tips For Working At A Law Firm: How To Handle Deadlines Smoothly

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Why You Should Always Take A Job Interview

eDiscovery Consultant Chad Schwarz

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With So Many Types of Lawyers, What Do You Want To Do After Law School?

Finance Attorney Eric Klar

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