Thursday, February 16, 2017

The second edition of Grover Cleveland's practical skills guide for new lawyers is here!

Grover Cleveland's (yes, that's his real name) essential skills guide for new lawyers called Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: The Essential Guide to Thriving as a New Lawyer has just been republished in an updated edition by West Academic and is available here and here.  If you're a legal skills professor, you can request a review copy from West for possible use in the classroom here.  Below is the publisher's summary along with an outline of chapter topics (you can read reviews here). There's also a new interview with Grover by the blog Ms. J.D. in which he offers additional tips and advice on everything from networking to how to manage your workload as a new associate. 

From the publisher:

The go-to book for new lawyer success at leading firms and schools, Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks contains critical advice new graduates need to thrive. Completely revised and updated, the Second Edition includes vital new information on networking, client service, business development, project management, and many other topics. The goal is simple: To help new lawyers start strong. With an easily readable style, Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks helps new lawyers navigate unwritten rules and stay afloat in a challenging profession. The book contains hundreds of tips with inside information from successful lawyers nationwide. Humorous, real-life examples illustrate the lessons along with checklists to provide comprehensive advice quickly. With employers and clients clamoring for “practice-ready” graduates, the Second Edition’s lessons are more essential than ever.


List of Chapters


  1. Sink or Swim: The Transition from Law School to Law Practice
  2. How Well Do You Swim: Your First Evaluation
  3. Feeding with Fellow Sharks: Getting and Doing Work
  4. Swimming with Sharks: Building Relationships with Other Lawyers
  5. Becoming a Pilot Fish: Making Yourself Indispensable with Exceptional Legal Work
  6. Navigating the Currents: Managing and Building Your Practice
  7. Shark Supply: Law Firm Economics
  8. Enjoying the Swim: Managing Your Life
  9. Taking the Next Plunge: Client Service
  10. Making and Casting Your Net: Networking and Business Development
  11. Other Fish in the Sea: Opposing Counsel and the Media
  12. Swimming like a Pro: Legal Skills in the Real World
  13. Swimming Away


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