Becoming a SAN should not be a life aspiration. It is a status and not a mission.

Your focus should rather be on the value you render, whether as a SAN or lawyer.

Sometimes, our parents look at us and the next thing they see is a famous lawyer, who is either a Prof, SAN or the next Gani.

Yes, they want they best for us but, we should never aspire to be famous. Fame, whether positive or negative, trails actions. Do good and you’ll be known for good, and vice versa.

Whatever path you set your feet upon after Law School, focus on rendering services and giving value.

Whether as a make-up artist or creative designer, never focus on money as a goal. It’s hard. Yet, trite.


Money is an exchange for value. The more value you have/give, the more money you can exchange it  for – except you pursue dishonest paths.

Focus on the value you give, and the services you render. They’ll pay you more in the future than the quickest money you can make right now.

Do have a productive day.

© #WordsByYanju

Olayanju Phillip


How To Start My Own Law Firm: Do you want to build a legacy?

“We run things like bosses, hate to be subjected to rules; the best package of it all is that we want to start up our firms and run it the best way we can”

If the above assertion correlates with your vision this is for you.

Starting a law firm is not for the faint of heart. Doing it right out of law school is downright insane (at least that’s what the naysayers would have you believe).

But I did it in a difficult economy with a difficult fee structure (contingency) and my practice is thriving. If you want to start your own firm, you can do it – and I’m going to tell you how.

Here is a list of the essential things you must do to succeed in starting your own law firm right out of school:

1. Ignore the People Who Say You Can’t

The reason why this is number one is that 98% of your law school classmates, lawyers, and professors honestly believe you can’t. Ignore them. Many attorneys are pessimists by nature and love to tell people what they can’t do. They never tried it so they don’t know. If you believe them, there is zero chance you’ll succeed. I’ve done it, and I know you can do it, too.

2. Plan Ahead

I spent the majority of law school obsessing about how to start a firm right out of school. I wrote a detailed business and marketing plan. Then I had lawyers who have started their own firm critique it. This was sobering, but extremely helpful. Now, just to be clear, I didn’t cut corners on the planning stage. I had full-blown financials, market analysis, mission statement, competitive advantages, etc. I knew how much it would cost to start a firm in my area of law (plaintiff’s employment law), and I knew how much money I needed to earn in my first year to break even.

You also need to save up a small nest egg. Depending on the area of law you choose (see below), it may be 4-6 months before you start seeing any revenues. Find out how long you can work without making a penny before you go broke. That should give you an idea of how quickly you need to make things happen.

3. Pick Only One Area of Law

This is critical. Don’t even try to start a “whatever comes in the door” law firm. Those days are long gone. Pick one or two (max) areas of law and focus your practice exclusively on those select areas. If you try to do everything you won’t get good at anything. You’ll also look like a competitor to everyone, making it extremely difficult to build a referral network (see below). It also goes without saying that you should try to get some experience in that area of law. I clerked in employment law at two different firms before I graduated. This is how I got exposure to the key employment statutes and case law. This gave me a huge amount of confidence before I took the plunge.

4. Pick the Right Area of Law

Some areas are harder than others to break into. For example, it is difficult to start a solo practice firm and immediately get a Fortune 500 corporate client. To get those clients, you usually have to have a prior history of success, a lot of gray hairs, and great relationship with in-house attorneys. On the other hand, the clientele in plaintiff’s personal injury, criminal defense, bankruptcy, employment law, and family law (to name a few), are, for the most part, individuals who have never worked with a lawyer. They are not extremely picky. They are simply looking for someone who cares, who is competent, and who believes in their case. The moral of this story is that you need to know what your strengths and weaknesses are and whether or not the clients in your chosen area of law will identify with them. If so, they will want to hire you.


5. Build a Referral Network

Tell everyone you meet that you plan to start your own firm and what area of law you’ll practice. Take practicing lawyers in that area out to lunch (BTW – they will usually pay for lunch because they feel sorry for law students) and ask them where and how they get their cases. Once you’ve met with some of these people a few times, and you’ve developed a real relationship with them, ask them to send you work when you get started. Most of them will be happy to do so.

You also need to network with people who don’t practice in your chosen area of law. This is where most of your referrals will come from. For example, if you do criminal defense you need to get to know a few personal injury lawyers. Good PI lawyers don’t do criminal law, but a small fraction of their clients have criminal legal issues. PI attorneys want to send that work to someone they know and trust. You want that person to be you. Also, if your jurisdiction permits it, pay a fair and reasonable referral fee to incentivize people to send work your way. Referral fees vary depending on the area of law so try to find out what is standard. Make sure you comply with the State Bar’s ethics rules regarding referral fees.

6. Build a Website Immediately

Prospective clients judge you if you don’t have a website. People looking for a lawyer don’t use phonebooks, they use Google. Here is my employment website. I built the entire thing using WordPress (free) and pay about $70 a year to host it. That’s it. This is powerful because it is my largest lead generation tool by far and costs about as much as a steak dinner. My good friend, Ian Silverthorne, who also graduated from Chapman and started his own law firm right out of school. He hired a guy who built his personal injury website. Hiring a competent web designer is key if you simply don’t have the time or motivation to learn how to do the web stuff yourself.

7. Join Organizations and Listservs

When I settled on employment law as my chosen area, I found out about a fantastic organization called the California Employment Lawyers Association. This group of lawyers exclusively represents employees in workplace disputes. They have a listserv, which is basically an email address that you can email and every single member immediately gets your email. Personal injury lawyers have a similar organization, the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles, that also has a listserv. I’m sure all areas of law have this type of organization. This is powerful because sometimes you need a question answered and don’t have a mentor who can answer it. The community almost always has an answer.

It’s important to note that these organizations are not just about the listserv – they connect you with individuals you can co-counsel with. When you are fresh out of law school, it is good to work a case with an experienced lawyer whom you respect. The relationship is beneficial because you split the fee with the experienced lawyer, but you also get to learn from their experience. It’s a win-win.

8. Remember That Clients Don’t Care About Your GPA, Law Review, or Age

This should give you confidence. No potential client has ever asked me what my GPA was in law school. Nobody has ever asked me if I was on Law Review. Nobody has ever asked me what my class rank was. Nobody cares how old I am. (I’m twenty-nine years old and I have plenty of clients more than double my age.) No one cares about that stuff except for other lawyers. None of that matters once you actually begin practicing. The only thing that matters is your work product. So work on that and everything else will figure itself out.

I have about five hundred other essential tips that I could share with you. But brevity is good in the practice of law, so I’ll leave it at this: You can do it. You can do it even if you have mountains of debt, a growing family, a low GPA, or a dwindling bank account. Trust me, you can do it.

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How To Become A “Sports Lawyer”. Top Suggestions!

The Olympics is here, everyone wants to be involved, but everyone can just be involved because not everyone is a sportsman. However, lawyers have got leverage because lawyers are involved in everything so far the law regulates it. The specie of lawyers involved are Sports Lawyers.

As a sports lawyer, you might find yourself representing clients such as amateur and professional players; coaches, referees and officials; leagues; governing bodies of the sports industry; athletics administrators; educational institutions; and sports facility owners and operators. Even more broadly, your representation might extend to sports broadcasters; sports equipment manufacturers; sports medicine care providers; businesses that sponsor athletic events or athletes; and concessionaires who serve food and drink to fans at games.

Virtually every field of law regulates or is relevant to one or more aspects of youth, high school, college, Olympic and international, professional, or recreational sports. The sports industry is vast in scope; has millions of athletes (but less than 10,000 U.S. major league and top-level individual sport professional athletes) and spectators; and generates billions of dollars annually. In fact, it is debatable whether “sports law” (like cyber law or healthcare law) is actually a discrete area of law or merely the application of many areas of law to a unique industry.

The eclectic nature of the sports law field requires sports lawyers to have expertise in several areas of law to effectively represent their clients. Sports law courses are a relatively recent addition to the curriculum at most law schools. Yet several courses we took as law students, particularly Antitrust, Tort, and Intellectual Property law, provide us with enough general knowledge to represent clients in several sports-related matters and to teach sports law.

Counsel for professional leagues and clubs need a general understanding of Contract, Labor, Private Association, Antitrust, Tort, Tax, and Intellectual Property law. Those representing professional athletes must be familiar with labor and employment, contract, federal and state tax, and worker’s compensation law, as well as athlete-agent regulation.

A sports lawyer must have strong contract negotiation and drafting skills to represent professional sports industry clients. An understanding of the arbitration process is also important because most employment-related disputes between professional athletes and leagues or their respective clubs are resolved by mandatory arbitration. Representation of individuals, educational institutions, and governing bodies that are part of the youth, high school, college, or Olympic sports industries also requires broad knowledge of contract, private association, tort, and constitutional law (if the requisite “state action” exists) and of arbitration (for Olympic sports).

Although sports lawyers have varied backgrounds, most of them did not obtain full-time employment with sports organizations or have a stable of sports industry clients upon graduation from law school. Rather, they gained legal knowledge, skills, and experience representing clients in other industries that transferred into handling sports-related matters. Very few attorneys spend a majority of their time practicing sports law, but many lawyers perform professional services for one or more clients who are part of the sports industry.

Below are my top five suggestions to become a sports lawyer in no particular order.

1. Network, Network, Network

Anyone can become a sports lawyer but you MUST be passionate about it. A lot of people think they want to work in sports because it is glamorous but only few put in the time and effort. You have to meet others in the industry. Start meeting sports attorneys locally, talk with them, hold informational interviews. Learn what various sports lawyers do on a daily basis. Hold informational interview with legal counsels of professional teams prior to law school and end up leveraging that relationship to my summer internship.

2. Prepare and Produce Quality Work

If you are a law student, take a variety of courses as sports law covers a variety of disciplines. Some of the most beneficial classes in law school were Sports Law, Contracts, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Labor & Employment, Antitrust, and Corporate Counsel. Look for internships to get involved. Internships are a great opportunity to get sports work experience and learn under lawyers in the industry. When you score a legal position, produce excellent work beyond your supervisor’s expectations. Your reputation will follow you in the industry. It takes a lifetime to create a reputation and a minute to lose it.

3. Symposiums, Seminars, and Continuing Legal Education

Attend sports law symposiums, seminars, and Continuing Legal Education programs. The Sports Lawyers Association holds their annual conference in May and the American Bar Association Forum on Entertainment and Sports conference is in October. Relationships developed at these conferences are priceless and worth the money spent to attend. Additionally, check the local and state bar association for sports CLE programs.

4. Volunteer

It is beneficial to network with others in the industry since sports lawyers work with a variety of business people daily. Check with your local sports commission to learn what events are in your area. Through my local commission, I volunteered for Super Bowl XLIV and the McDonald’s All American High School Basketball Games. Both of these experiences were incredible. I learned a lot about the planning and set up of high profile sporting events and met even more contacts throughout the sports industry.

5. Know the Industry

Subscribe to blogs that inform about sports, such as the Sports Business Daily and read it, daily. Most people in the industry read this and expect you to be aware of current lawsuits, labor matters, and other developing stories. It is critical working in sports law to have a solid grasp of current sports legal issues. Also, watch ESPN. Isn’t that amazing, that watching ESPN furthers your career!? Love it. When you love what you do, you will never have to work a day in your life!

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How To Be A Superior Lawyer

Although there is no objective measure of what makes a great lawyer, the most successful attorneys in their field go beyond
winning cases. They are savvy, self-aware business people who are analytical, motivated, and willing to learn from their mistakes. To be a great lawyer, you must first be a diligent law student and learn from professionals in the field. Once you develop your own presence in the legal field, continue to emulate the work habits habits of more experienced attorneys.

Develop effective work habits during law school. To be a great lawyer, you need a great legal education. Even if you do not attend a top-tier law school, take advantage of the full range of resources your school offers, including research and writing classes, professional development programs, and career coaching services. The Law School Admission Council describes your legal education as a “framework” for the rest of your career.

Take advantage of clerkship opportunities. After your first year of law school, you will have the opportunity to work under the
supervision of an experienced lawyer or judge as a student
clerk. During your clerkship, watch how your supervisor communicates, behaves in the offices, and approaches difficult cases.
Makes notes on what you observe and refer
back to them periodically.

Be self-aware. Great lawyers are confident in their abilities, but also take realistic assessments of their weaknesses. Whether
you are a new law school graduate or a veteran lawyer, get feedback from your supervisors and colleagues and understand what steps you need to take to improve your

Understand your limitations. Even the greatest lawyers don’t take every case or office-related task that comes across their
desks. If you feel you are not the best lawyer for the case, pass it along to a colleague, advises Business Management Daily. Likewise, if you become overwhelmed with work, delegate administrative tasks to your paralegal or secretary so that you can stay on top of deadlines.

See beyond your own perspective. If you want to be a great lawyer, you will need to be able to see cases and situations from the perspective of not just your client, but also that of the opposing counsel, judge, and jury. To take on multiple perspectives requires an open-analytical mind, as well as experience working for both plaintiffs and defendants.

Mistakes Lawyers Make: Mediation


Effective representation of clients in mediation requires the same level of preparation, diligence and assertiveness as is required in presenting a jury trial. The outcome of a mediation session depends, to a large degree, on the performance of counsel. Having served as mediator of probably over a thousand civil cases of all kinds, I have concluded that what lawyers do can make a big difference in the outcome.

The following are the ten biggest mistakes
that I have seen.

1)Failing to communicate willingness and ability to try the  case.

While it may sound strange coming from a mediator, I believe that too many cases are settled. Of course, in the vast majority of instances, the parties on both sides are
better off settling then taking their chances before a judge, jury or arbitrator. On the other hand, the key to achieving a reasonable settlement for a client is to make clear that
counsel is ready, willing and able to try the case. Unfortunately, some lawyers have the reputation that they will settle any case, on the courthouse steps if necessary.
Opponents know this, and act accordingly, even in mediation.

Lawyers and parties should participate meaningfully in the mediator’s effort to explore weaknesses as well as strengths of a case. On the other hand, after full exploration of a case and careful consideration of the settlement positions of the other side, there are indeed cases in which it is appropriate to walk out of mediation.

2) Making aggressive “opening statements.”

Most lawyer-mediators in business or personal injury cases conduct a short opening meeting with all sides present. After explaining the mediation process and confidentiality, most mediators invite   comments from each side. The trend is away from using this opportunity to present aggressive or inflammatory statements of the case. It is often best to say nothing or perhaps to state that while one’s client feels strongly about the correctness of his or her position, the client is here to bargain in good faith, or words to the effect. Leave it to the neutral mediator, in private caucus, to discuss problems with the opponent about its case. The message is often more effective and clear when delivered through this means. On the other hand, of course, be prepared for similar treatment by the mediator during private caucus with ones own client.

3) Failing to adequately prepare the case.

It is a rare mediation that requires the same amount of preparation as a jury trial, but counsel should not underestimate the work necessary to do the job right. It may not be appropriate to look under every rock, but the
lawyer in mediation should know what rocks are out there. A mediation is nothing other than an accelerated, facilitated negotiation. As in all negotiations, knowledge is power.
The mediator will be spending much of his or her time exploring with counsel and client potential weaknesses in the case. While it is foolish not to listen carefully to what the mediator has to say, counsel should not hesitate to point out when the mediator may be wrong. More importantly, a key to achieving a good result in mediation is to help the mediator in conducting the same process with the opponent. There is no substitute for presenting to the mediator a view of the facts that can be supported by
admissible evidence and a reasonable evaluation of trial outcomes, based on applicable legal authority, arising from
those facts. Good mediators will “smoke out” bluffing and generalities.

4) Failing to adequately prepare the client.

Experienced litigators never take their clients to deposition or trial without thorough preparation. The same should go for mediation. The client should understand ahead of time the general nature of the process, including the rules of privilege and
confidentiality in mediation, and in the non-binding nature of the process. Even more importantly, the client should have the benefit before the mediation of his or her lawyer’s evaluation of the case, and potential pitfalls and weaknesses. With such prior preparation, there is no need for counsel to “grand-stand” in front of the client during a
private caucus. There are few civil cases with 90 percent chances of success, and it is not productive to take up the time of the client and mediator in expressing that level of confidence about the outcome. A client’s level of trust in his or her lawyer can be
irreparably damaged if the client learns for the first time, at mediation, that there is risk of summary judgement or that anticipated attorneys’ fees and costs will be substantial.
The mediator will be asking about these issues, and it is devastating to a client to hear about them for the first time at the mediation session.

Clients appreciate aggressiveness and diligence on their behalf, but also respect honesty and candor from their lawyers.

5) Revealing a “bottom line” to the mediator.

Its is generally best not to reveal a client’s “bottom-line” to the mediator, even in confidence. For one thing, a settlement position should be flexible, based upon new insights and new information gained during the mediation process. Also, while the mediator will respect the confidential nature of such information, counsel can expect
the mediator to argue it against the client in private caucus. It is generally better to let the mediator and opponent try to infer where ones client may be going, based upon the
course of negotiations.

Most mediators prefer not to be granted discretionary authority on behalf of a party because of concern that the mediator may lose neutrality by making bargaining decisions on behalf of one side or the other.

6)Failing to understand the status of a pending settlement.

When and if agreement in principle is reached, it is important to pin down whether or not the settlement is blinding and effective. It is often (not always) desirable to leave the mediation session with a binding settlement. While it is the job of the mediator to facilitate possible settlement, the goal is not settlement at all costs. If one or both sides still have doubts or uncertainty, or there are further details to be worked out, there is nothing wrong with leaving the matter open, subject to mutual acceptance of final document provisions. What is troublesome, however, is if counsel leaves the client with a wrong impression concerning whether or not a binding deal has been reached. The mediation agreements used by some mediators provide that any agreement in principle reached at the mediation will be non-binding unless and until reduced to a writing signed by all the parties. It is important for counsel to be familiar with the terms of the mediation agreement in use. With such a provision, if a party desires a binding deal before leaving the mediation, there are several approaches.
It is often convenient and effective for the mediator to prepare a “binding term sheet,” which summarizes the terms agreed-upon. The term sheet further recites that counsel will prepare formal settlement documents, and that meanwhile the term sheet, when signed by all parties, reflects a binding and effective agreement. It is helpful, under this approach, to recite in the term sheet that the
mediator shall serve as a binding arbitrator, after a summary telephone hearing, concerning any irreconcilable differences in the final contract language.
In simple cases, a final and binding settlement agreement can be prepared and signed at the mediation. Even in complex cases, if all the details are worked out, counsel and the parties may prefer to spend even several hours in preparing a final settlement agreement.

This article originally appeared in the Oregon State Bar Bulletin (June 1999)

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Ten Things I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming A Law Student


1. Career prospects

Law is a well respected degree but its graduate prospects are not as good as universities like to make out. Law firms and chambers have been reducing the number of training contracts and pupillages, with some firms cancelling their next trainee intake. Furthermore, a law degree does not guarantee riches. There is a stark contrast between the high earnings people think lawyers are paid and what they are actually paid. I’m sure that the Criminal Bar Association can verify this.

2. There’s so much reading

I had some idea that there would be a lot of reading, but I had no idea that horror stories of law students spending all day and all night in the library were actually true. There is a LOT of reading. I once spent so much time in the library that I genuinely started to feel homesick. Be prepared to study long and hard hours as a law student.

3. Work hard, work smart, be organised

The workload becomes easier if you are well organised and focus on working efficiently. Planning ahead early and prioritising work over play avoids dreaded all-nighters. When reading, one should focus on the end goal: learning the law in order to apply it correctly in an exam. Shortcuts in reading may be made too: having an idea of a case’s facts and legal principle mean that the case report may be read much more quickly with more focus on the key points. This is not something which is taught; rather I have had to learn this myself during my law degree.

4. Everyone will try to pawn free legal advice from you

If I had a pound for every time a friend has asked a legal question … For some reason, people think that law students are overflowing fountains of legal knowledge to be tested at will. This is simply not the case. No, I do not know about the legal intricacies of internet libel law. No I can’t help you get out of your mobile phone contract. No, I can’t help you if you’ve killed a man! And even if you do give advice, be sure to add disclaimers.
5. Life revolves around your next tutorial or seminar

To start with, you will have lectures. Then you will be assigned reading to do, and answers to prepare for tutorials and seminars. I was unlucky enough to have tutors who would use tutorials as interrogation sessions to highlight your deficiencies in knowledge and understanding of the law. My motivation for those tutorials was avoiding the wrath of the tutor. In hindsight this method of teaching clearly worked. Smaller group teaching sessions are key opportunities to test your understanding and give structure to your learning. The more effort you put into them, the more you will learn.

6. Law school is intense

In your law school, you are always competing against your fellow students for the best grades. Some law schools mark using a bell curve, so that your grades directly depend on how the rest of the year performs. Some students become extremely defensive and do everything they can purely for personal gain at the expense of others. This is rare, but law school can be a bit like being on “The Apprentice” competing against others in a high pressure environment with backstabbing and drama!

7. Law books cost a fortune

I remember being shell-shocked at having spent over £140 on “essential textbooks” in my first year of university. To this day, the expense of law textbooks still hurts.

8. Did I really choose the right degree?

At some point during their degrees, when motivation levels are low, and the mountain of cases to read high, law students will question their choice. A law degree will stretch you to your limits and test your commitment. I know many students who have dropped out of law degrees unable to cope with the intensity. Don’t make the decision over the choice of degree lightly. A law degree is a very expensive investment. In fact, some may be better off choosing a degree they enjoy at university in which they can gain better honours and then decide whether to commit to law and do the GDL.

9. The jump from A-Levels to law school

I thought I’d cope well with a law degree, having performed well at school. There’s a good reason why the entry levels are so high at the top university law departments. During my law degree, I felt very stupid about 90% of the time during my readings, and would become disheartened by how much I didn’t understand. Initially I was very upset at struggling to achieve only 60% (a 2:1) in my work, as opposed to over 90% at A-Level. This is relatively normal. The process of learning and understanding is different and takes some getting used to.
10. Social stereotypes of law students

Finally, a series of phrases you will have to get used to hearing. Get thinking of good responses.

“Oh, you’re studying law? Maybe you can help me out someday if I get into trouble.”

“Well, I see you’ve sold your soul to the devil for riches.”

“How can you defend someone you know to be guilty? You lawyers are heartless and cold-blooded.”

The Guardian

How To Study For A Law School Exam

Be a diligent student throughout the semester by doing all the assigned reading, taking great notes, reviewing them after each week, and participating in class discussions. Law professors love to talk about seeing the forest for the trees ; at this point you should focus on those trees, the main concepts your professor is covering. You can place them in the forest later.

1. Join a study group.
A great way to be sure you’re understanding key concepts throughout the semester is to go over the readings and lectures with other law students. Through study groups, you can prepare for future classes by discussing assignments and fill in gaps in your notes from past lectures. It may take you a little while to find fellow students you click with, but it’s worth the effort. Not only will you be more prepared for the exam, you’ll also get used to talking out loud about cases and concepts–particularly great if your professor uses the Socratic Method.

2. Outline.
Leading up to the reading period, you should have a good grasp of major concepts, so now it’s time to pull them all together into the “forest,” if you will, in course outlines. Organize your outline based on the syllabus or your casebook’s table of contents and fill in blanks with information from your notes. If you don’t want to leave this until just before the exam, do it gradually throughout the semester; start a document with the major concepts, leaving large blank areas that you can fill in with information as you review it from your notes at the end of each week.

3. Use past exams of professors to prepare.
Many professors put past exams (sometimes with model answers) on file in the library; if your professor does so, be sure to take advantage. Past exams tell you what your professor considers the most important concepts in the course, and if a sample answer is included, be sure to study the format and copy it as best you can when you attempt other practice questions. If your professor offers review sessions or office hours, be sure to come prepared with a good understanding of past exams, which are also great for study group discussion.


4. Improve your test-taking skills by learning from your past exams.
If you’ve already been through a semester or more of law school exams, one of the best ways to improve your performance is by studying your past performances. If you can get copies of your exams, look at your answers and the model answers carefully. Note where you lost points, where you did the best, and also think back to how and when you prepared– what worked and what may have been a waste of your time. Also be sure to analyze your exam-taking techniques as well, for example, did you use your time wisely during the test?

By: Michelle Fabio

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One Thing That Could Destroy You as a Lawyer!

Have you ever met someone who had everything and always got everything he or she wanted? If you said yes, then I’m pretty sure you are telling a white lie; but if you affirmed that you’ve met someone who has almost everything and always got most of everything, then I’ll be more inclined to your answer, so will most people be. The point here is that, there are those who have almost everything they’ve ever wanted in life: intelligence, riches, influence, accolades, power, fame, amongst many others. Hey! Don’t get it twisted, getting most of everything could be awesome. For some people, all they ever want is to become somebody of great repute in life, some even want to become lawyers, and in the end they achieve this. You may be wondering, what’s the fuss, if someone has got most of everything he or she ever wanted? The point here is the negative effect of such fate, if absolute caution isn’t put in place.
If a person is not careful, there is usually one main pathological syndrome that affects people who get most of the things they ever wanted; this powerful ill feeling could lead to them lacking everything they’ve ever wanted. This syndrome is called PRIDE.

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Before I begin, let’s take a quick insight to what pride is. It could be described as an inordinate self-esteem; an unreasonable conceit of one’s own superiority in talents, beauty, wealth, rank etc., which manifests itself in lofty airs, distance, reserve and often contempt of others.
Also, a sense of one’s own worth, and abhorrence of what is beneath or unworthy of one; lofty self-respect; noble self-esteem; elevation of character; dignified bearing; proud delight; in a good sense.

As a Lawyer and a person of human nature (usually most people don’t think a lawyer could be both, that’s a wrong notion), you should learn to control your emotion of pride. There’s usually a misconception about confidence and pride, if you’re confident it’s not wrong because that’s a hallmark of the profession; but when one gets overconfident it is tantamount to pride, and the only thing such an individual has done, is dig his own ditch.
Some people do not usually know when the emotion of pride has come over them, I do not blame them, the human nature is fallible. But I’ll show you 5 ways you could be proud, that you never imagined that you were once proud or that you are still proud.
1) You consider everything your colleagues say as nonsense, and you believe yours is more valid. (You know more by learning from others)
2) You feel you are the best because of your current grade point, thereby thinking your future is the brightest. (No position is eternal)
3) You believe because you earn more than the judge, you have the same power as the judge. What a lie! To get more exposition on this point, check Be Silent When The Gavel Sounds!
4) You think that because you determine the fees of your employees, you are entitled to bully them. (Once they quit on such grounds, you’re a bad leader)
5) Maybe you’re called the best trial lawyer for now, you have the whole world; take it easy, another one is being groomed in law school.

The list is not exhaustive, there are many more ways you could be proud. If as a Lawyer you keep up with the negative aspects of been ‘proud’ you’ll quickly fade. Don’t feel as if you know all, or think you’re the best. Remember everything on planet Earth is vanity, but be the best lawyer in humility!

How And Why Should A Lawyer Fall In Love?

“Love isn’t something you find. Love is
something that finds you.” – Loretta Young

Many of us, at one point or the other in life have fallen in love; we know it is a powerful feeling that cannot just be explained, and as time goes by, we find out the best things that happen to us are the things that cannot just be explained. It is rather unfortunate that this inexplicably feeling that seems right, sometimes may have its own downside; this downside is usually said to be when someone has “fallen out of love”. It is important to know that since the source and cause of love cannot be explained, the end of love can be explained.
Truth be told, the end of love is not a mystery. Love as a concept is something most people do not understand yet; when the feeling of love ends, one of the sane reasons for this is that: most people do not know how to fall in love, and this explains why they fall out of love.

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As Lawyers and students of Law, there are some things you need to know about falling in love. You need to know why you should fall in love and how you should fall in love. If you are any of the above, you should fall in love, yes fall in love! You should fall in love with the profession of Law. At first instance, most people tend to fall in love with the profession, as things go on the way they should, they begin to fall out of love with the profession; due to reason above: they do not just understand the technicalities of falling in love with the profession. Here, you would learn things that you need to know, so that you would know how to fall in love with the profession properly. To successfully fall in love with the legal profession, you need to know how to fall in love with three things:
1) You need to have a serious crush on the books: Did you know that a lawyer with no knowledge in his cerebral cortex is a laughing stock? He or she will be a mere moron. To avoid this embarrassment you need to love the books and the codes; if not for any reason, just bear it in mind that a reading lawyer is a leading lawyer. Also the more you read the more things you know; the more that you learn, the more places you will go.

2) You need to love your colleagues and the Gavel bangers: The opposing counsel is not your enemy created by God, he is also someone fighting for the rights of another individual. Don’t get it twisted, in the law court, you are no friends (please do not push it to the limit); you need to build a career relationship with other lawyers so that you would rise up real fast; as a law student, you need to quickly learn how to connect with your peers and love them.
The decision makers and the judges are not left out, this set of people should be loved whether or not they decide in your favour, they are there to decide the merit of each case.

3) Make the Law your first wife/husband: Lawyers must learn to know that: ‘a good lawyer knows where to find the law’, this is one of the main weapon of a lawyer; you should not take the law for granted; know it, learn it and love it. Let’s try this, take out the last three letters of the word Lawyer, it forms the word: Law, this is what forms your basis in the profession.

If you can fall in love with the three listed above, there is an optimal assurance that you have learnt how to fall in love with the profession; and you also know how to fall in love, with no choice of falling out. Are you ready to effectively fall in love now?