This book presents practical advice to law students and those entering and now working in the legal profession that will help them to reconcile who they are as a person with the demands and opportunities of a legal career.

The book sets out a clear framework and practice examples for: (i) defining “success”, (ii) understanding the role of a professional in relation to clients, colleagues, adversaries and community, (iii) reconciling demands of practice within ethical rules and norms, business considerations and personal values and (iv) building a values-centered, economically viable practice and reputation.

Complete with practical advice and experiences that produce and reinforce a holistic approach, this book provides invaluable support for second- and third-year law students and lawyers in practice to establish elusive work-life balance over the course of a legal career.

section Section 1|23 pages

Awareness of balance between business, ethics and values in law practice

chapter Chapter 2|4 pages

Character and values

chapter Chapter 3|6 pages

Professionalism beyond legal competence

chapter Chapter 4|3 pages

Legal ethics and duties

section Section 2|39 pages

Analysis and action in lawyer/client representation and intra professional interactions

chapter Chapter 6|8 pages

Who is the client?

chapter Chapter 7|6 pages

Objectives of representation

chapter Chapter 9|7 pages

Confidentiality and conflicts of interest

chapter Chapter 10|10 pages


Lessons in corruption of values

section Section 3|9 pages

Core intangibles

chapter Chapter 11|7 pages

Trust and honesty

section Section 4|20 pages

Building a successful career

chapter Chapter 12|3 pages

Career choices

chapter Chapter 13|5 pages

Building a practice/business development

chapter Chapter 14|4 pages

Role of a mentor

chapter Chapter 15|4 pages

Contributing to a cooperative workplace/diversity

chapter Chapter 16|2 pages

The role of a lawyer in the community