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"Don’t bite off more than you can chew. Know that you don’t know it all. Find other people who you can rely on for advice and perspective." Keith Lee, Associate'sMind, Becoming a Good Lawyer Requires Failure A Very Important Legal Skill is knowing when you are in over your head. When we first start out as lawyers, we are in over our heads with almost every project. Fortunately for many of us, we have supervising attorneys to guide us, push us, demand better from us and raise us. Others, particularly those who hang their own shingle the day those bar results come back, may depend on less formal hand-holding. Hopefully, there will be a moment when we make the transition from know-nothing neophytes to qualified and competent counsel. And no matter how old, experienced or wise we become, I bet we will still have that one case that is just overwhelming. Lawyers are constantly under pressure. This job has pressures that I've never had in any other line of work. Of course, I don't know how our pressure compares to that of police officers, air traffic controllers and doctors. It could be that they have it worse -- physical lives depend on those people. In our profession, with only some exceptions, we are not dealing with life-or-death decisions. But quality of life is something that we have the ability to influence. If we screw up, it means someone loses a case and ends up in jail for the rest of their lives. It means someone loses a case and cannot afford quality medical care for themselves. It means someone loses a case and will never see his children again. That's a lot of pressure. It all depends on me. It all depends on you.

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