Law Firm Retreats: 3 Tips To Help You Get Noticed (In The Right Way)


Many lawyers head to law firm retreats with a lot of cynicism. However, it is important that you make a good first impression. After all, your bosses are always watching and retreats aren't always just about bringing employees together. Sometimes, there are bigger plans in place, such as seeing how well a particular person performs in a group – possibly in a leadership role – before naming him or her a partner.  With that being said, here are a few tips to make the most of your time at your upcoming law firm retreat and hopefully get yourself noticed by the higher-ups (but only in a good way):

Tip #1: Make Sure You're on Time and Focused.

Your first step in impressing the ones who matter is to be on time to any and all scheduled events that you are to attend. You want to also remain focused and be as attentive as possible. To do this, you will want to show that you are paying attention by asking relevant questions and actively contributing to discussions. Make sure that your phone is always on silent – or, better yet, leave it in the room if it not necessary to have it on your person. By not having your phone with you, you won't be tempted to reach into your pocket during "boring" presentations, which could make you look arrogant if the wrong person catches you.

Tip #2: Be Careful Not to Drink Too Much.

At a lawn firm retreat, there is bound to be alcohol. After all, this is a social event. While there is nothing wrong with having a drink or two as you are socializing with your colleagues, it is important that you don't go overboard. The last thing that you want is to get drunk and share embarrassing college stories, try to hit a colleague, etc. – all of which could lead to you not getting the new partnership. So, note to self: drink in moderation so that you can keep things business casual and act accordingly.

Tip #3: Do Some Networking.

The primary focus of a retreat is to socialize with your colleagues. Dinners and cocktail hours are the two best times for you to get a good feel for the law firm's culture as well as put yourself out there and meet some of the other members of the firm that you have yet to meet and socialize with. Networking with other lawyers is vital to the overall success of your career, and your bosses may be watching you to see how well you are able to network.


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