For individuals considering the practice of law, five experienced California attorneys share their insights of what it takes to become a successful attorney:

  •  “First nothing stands out like merit. Understand your assignments and projects, be thorough, accessible and responsible…If you start to get repeat assignments you’ve won over your first critic — your boss,” says Rupa Singh, a staff attorney at the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Diego.
  • “Connections made while doing good work in volunteer positions can pay dividends down the road,” adds Brett Jolley, a shareholder at the law firm, Herum, Crabtree and Suntag.
  • “Proofread everything!…Nothing says you don’t care better than misspellings or botched references,” stresses Amy Ortner, Senior Counsel at Loeb & Loeb in Los Angeles.

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