How long did it take for you to feel like you were a good lawyer?

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Question of the Week

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At the Law21 Blog this month, legal market analyst Jordan Furlong asked LinkedIn followers who started their careers as law firm associate how many years of practice it took them to feel like “a reasonably competent and confident lawyer.” The median answer? Five years.

“What those results also affirmed for me was a strong suspicion I’ve harbored for years now—that expecting new law firm associates to perform billable work is kind of ludicrous,” Furlong wrote.

This week, we’d like to put the same question to you (although you need not have started your career as a law firm associate): How long did it take for you to feel like you were a good lawyer? Please also share the law job you had at the start of your career—whether you were a law firm associate or doing something else. And do you think new law firm associates should be performing billable work?

Answer in the comments.

Read the answers to last week’s question: What phrases do you hate hearing when talking to colleagues?

Featured answer:

Posted by Whithertoo: “‘So …’ begins the response to a question posed. It has become maddeningly ubiquitous, especially among millennials; almost as universal and maddening as ‘where are you at?’ Just watch a little television for ample examples of both.”

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