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First 5 Steps for Getting Started
1. Take Notes!
- Always take notes when receiving an assignment
- If you receive an assignment in written form parse out the components into notes for yourself
- Whether in email or in-person, always repeat back what you are being asked to do in your own words
- Repeating back both forces you to formulate your understanding of the problem and clarify any potential misunderstandings upfront
3. Clarify Parameters
- How much time do you have?
- How much money can you spend?
- What is the expected deliverable?
4. Assess Your Knowledge
- What, if anything, do I know about this area of law?
- What, if anything, do I know about this type of task?
- What steps do I need to prepare to navigate this question?
- Ask questions when needed!
- Reviewing, asking questions, and checking-in can help make sure you are on track (but be careful to balance this aspect with the need to be a self-directed and autonomous)