To compete in the legal field, we all know one must possess the ability to communicate, perform legal research, and pay close attention to the details. Those fundamentals get you noticed, but this field is extremely competitive. There is an increasing number of jobs, and it's easy to get overlooked. To make sure that doesn't happen you must bring more to the table.
1) Be Prepared for Anything
To be prepared for anything is to be resilient and this is critical to progression in the legal field. Dictionary.com has two meanings for resilience: "(1) The power or ability to return to the original form, position, etc., after being bent, compressed, or stretched; elasticity. (2) The ability to recover readily from illness, depression, adversity, or the like; buoyancy". http://www.dictionary.com/browse/resilience
In other words, resiliency is a mindset. Anyone can learn to be resilient with practice. Life doesn't always work out the way we want, but the way we stay prepared for anything in the legal field is simple. It starts with your mind and attitude. Never expect the worst. Your thoughts attract your environment, so always envision the best. This will change your perspective on the situation and initiate the Law of Attraction. If you remain focused and work hard at eliminating negative thoughts correctly, you will begin to see your environment and way of life change. This form of self-discipline builds belief in yourself and you will feel confident knowing that you can handle whatever life throws your way.
2) Networking is Key
Networking is vital to surviving your legal career. I currently work at my second law firm. I have taken advantage of being surrounded by intellectual minds, people who have been to law school, passed the bar, and are well into their careers. I ask a ton of questions and if you don't already do this, then you should too. Ask according to your interests. I haven't embarked on my journey to law school yet, so a lot of my concerns were about law school. Every inquiry has rolled back to networking. Networking can be crucial to your next job opportunity pre and post-law school. You may need recommendations for a future position, references for law school, or even a mentor. Besides that, networking can help with social skills and get you exposed to your forte specifically in the legal field.
3) Read, A lot
Finally, reading is essential to be successful in the legal field. Let's delve into how and think outside the box. Reading has been scientifically proven to reduce stress levels better than the traditional methods of drinking tea, exercise, music, etc. According to an analysis by the University of Sussex in 2009, reading can reduce stress levels by 68 percent.
That sounds like a good reason to read to me. Not only will you acquire numerous facts, arguments, and statistics about a topic of your choice, but you will escape stress into someone else's imagination. The author could have spent years on research, but by reading their book we obtain all the same knowledge directly. Reading is the most important to your progression in the legal field because it allows you to minimize the stress that can distract you from your work and provides wisdom.