What you learned in law school
Law school teaches you how to think like a lawyer. And this is very important. But law school does not teach you how to actually practice law. Law school does not equip you with the day-to-day skills that you need to know in order to be a successful new lawyer and contribute meaningfully to a legal practice from day one.
How can you succeed in this contemporary legal environment?
This is a difficult job market, undoubtedly. Jobs are hard to come by and, when you do find a job, you will be expected to perform at your best. If you want to succeed, and stand out from your peers, you have to make an exceptional impression from day one. In addition to a solid resume, you must demonstrate that you have the personal skills, practical skills, and business sense to succeed in your early legal career and beyond. You will be expected to know the unspoken rules of professionalism, connect with and maintain mentor relationships, master time management and organization, build productive working relationships with senior attorneys, use social media strategically, and more. While these skills are central to your success as a new lawyer, a typical law school education does not offer instruction in these areas.
That’s where Greenhorn Legal comes in
We offer an integrated, in-depth practical skills training program that tracks the precise skills employers are looking for from law students and new lawyers. There is no other practical skills training program like this.
Desiree Moore, founder of Greenhorn Legal and creator of this Practical Skills Training series, literally wrote the book on the best ways for law students and new lawyers to thrive in this difficult job market (her book, Thrive, is an ABA bestseller!). Ms. Moore and her expertise have been featured in Bloomberg Law, Ms. JD, Above the Law, the National Law Journal, the Law Insider, and Lexis Nexis Hub for New Lawyers to name a few.
Ms. Moore has worked with law schools and law firms across the country. And now she’s bringing her training to you. Through this on-line subscription website, you will have easy access to the best, most convenient practical skills training out there. Greenhorn Legal was designed by lawyers who not so long ago stood where you are now. We have worked with practitioners, judges, and other leaders in the industry to develop comprehensive training videos that will cover all of your legal practice questions, and give you a decided career advantage.
What does the Greenhorn Legal Practical Skills Training Series include?
When you join, you will have access to practical skills training on the following topics:
In this video, we discuss the significance of professionalism in a legal practice environment, as well as how you can leverage attire, demeanor, and specific interpersonal skills to project professionalism in an early legal career.
Mentorship Principles for New Lawyers
In this video, we discuss the importance of finding mentors to advocate for and support you in your early legal career. We discuss the five key qualities you should look for in a mentor, as well as the top seven ways to utilize your mentors, for maximum results.
Social Media Marketing for Lawyers
In this video, we discuss the best ways to use social media, both from an ethics perspective as a member of the bar and to enhance any legal practice. We cover the basics of social media marketing to ensure you are approaching your legal practice as the business endeavor that it is.
Fundamentals of Relationship Building
In this video, we discuss the most effective approach to building relationships with senior attorneys, including how to best make introductions and approach the assignment process in any legal practice environment.
Time Management & Organization for Lawyers
In this video, we are taking a close look at the best tools and methods for managing time and staying physically and mentally organized in your early legal career and beyond.
Bonus Video 1: New Lawyer Goal Setting Guide
Innovative, step-by-step process for setting and achieving professional and personal goals.
Bonus Video 2: Fundamental Qualities of Effective Communicators
Confidence, enthusiasm, and sincerity are essential to effective communication. Embody and project these three characteristics in communications with potential employers, colleagues, and clients.
Bonus Video 3: How To Rock Your Interviews
The three “Ps” of interviewing — a sure fire way to rock those interviews every time.
These are skills you must know to find success in your legal career. Each video program is designed to set you apart in this competitive market and give you the tools and resources you need to succeed. You will come out of law school not only with the rich curriculum you have been given by your law school but also with personal skills, practical skills, and the business sense to ensure that you find success in your job search and in your career sooner.
How long does it take to complete the program?
This is a go-at-your-own-pace, video based learning program. Once you enroll, you will have a lifetime membership to our core training videos. You are free to watch the videos on your own time and any time your would like.
We are also mindful of your time. Each video in the series is approximately 20 minutes long. We get right to the point and share information that is practical and actionable. Our members rave that this is the best training they have had in their law school careers.
How does the subscription model work?
For a one-time payment of $109.00, you will gain access to all of the core training videos in this series.
Our programs are 100% satisfaction guaranteed, too. If this program does not work for you, let us know within 30 days and we will give you your money back.
There is no reason to hesitate. This practical skills training series will embolden you, energize you, and fast track your legal career.
What Others Are Saying…
As a student at the University of Chicago Law School, I found this course to be indescribably beneficial. For me, the measure of any good course rests in my capacity, at the end of the course, to successfully utilize and apply the information taught in the course; and let me say that it is in any attorney’s benefit to successfully utilize and apply the concepts taught in this course. After all, the course teaches its participants how to attain the highest levels of achievement in the uncompromising law firm environment. It is on this measure that I rate this course so highly. This course offers both valuable insight into the work at a firm that I have not been able to find anywhere else, but just as important, information that is delivered in a manner that is easily absorbed and readily applicable in practice. I was given the rare opportunity to learn from the perspective of respected judges and senior attorneys with profound guidance on the qualities and practices of the most competent attorneys. As a former patent examiner at the USPTO with several years of experience and having worked closely with many law firms in the past, I wish I had been taught many of these skills far sooner!
— Vivek Krishnan, Law Student, University of Chicago
Attending Greenhorn Legal’s new lawyer training is the best decision I’ve made in law school. I learned more about becoming a successful lawyer in their three-day course than all of my law school classes combined. The course’s combination of lecture, personal anecdotes, and hands-on work makes for an invaluable and entertaining learning experience. The course’s instructors are extremely knowledgeable, experienced, and most importantly helpful. They truly want to help you become a better attorney and learn from the mistakes that they made as a first-year associate. If you are serious about your legal career, you must attend Greenhorn Legal’s new lawyer training.
— Justin Malenius, Law Student, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
After months of private practice at a big law firm, I was faced with the unsettling realization that my law school experience and my preparations to pass the bar exam only provided me with a two-dimensional foundation for a career in law. I found myself in a senior associate’s office daily, asking legitimate questions, but always outstaying my welcome. I knew that there was something missing in my legal training: an element of instruction which provided me with professional know-how, business sense, and practical guidance for early career success. I just did not know where to find that missing piece.
Greenhorn fills that void. After actively participating in Greenhorn’s intensive three-day training program, I feel confident to accept the daily challenges that I am presented with at my firm. This advantage is priceless. Understanding the expectations of law firm partners and how to build meaningful relationships with those partners are items that bar prep and law school courses simply do not address. Greenhorn does. Greenhorn’s instructors are, without a doubt, the most capable and resourceful group I have come across because they teach from a truly unique rubric. They draw not only from their own invaluable experience, but also from their extensive research of the profession. The highly coveted input from the legal elite of major law firms does not hurt either!
Greenhorn has helped me adjust to the stringent demands of the current legal community. I highly recommend the experience.
— John M., Associate, Am Law 100 Law Firm
I wish this course had been available to me during law school! So many of the Greenhorn Legal Tips prompted discussion on areas of real practice that just are not addressed during school, by the bar exam or in one’s first year as a new lawyer. I know that if a course like this had been offered, even by a private company requiring separate tuition, when I was a 3L, I would have jumped at the chance to take it. The course was valuable and the small group setting allowed for the instructors to apply the skills being taught to my individual practice and needs.
— Laura Fischer, Associate, Carmell Charone Widmer Moss & Barr, Ltd.
Embarking on my first year of law school as an inexperienced, wide-eyed 1L, never would I have surmised just how ill-prepared I was. I had anticipated graduating law school with considerable knowledge of every practical skill I would require to flourish in a law firm environment. Yet the all-consuming panic I experienced the first time I was asked to file a motion remains fresh in my mind.
Greenhorn Legal is the antidote for all of those plagued by the uncertainties of law firm life, and for all of those who feel somewhat ill-equipped to venture into a career as a first-year associate. Greenhorn eases participants into the rigors, practical responsibilities, and duties of budding lawyers. The course comprehensively addresses multiple facets of law firm careers, from the indispensable value in self-marketing, professionalism, and interpersonal skills to administrative and legal nuances of transactional and litigation-oriented practice. Greenhorn is a vital addition to any young lawyer’s education, providing students in three days the knowledge and skills that law school largely fails to impart in three years. Learning essential strategies with respect to drafting and filing pleadings, motions, and discovery documents, I feel a renewed sense of confidence, armed with the knowledge and skill sets that can enable me to thrive in a firm environment. Desiree Moore is a wonderful instructor with a perceptible sincerity and passion for preparing students for the particularities and demands of an associate attorney position. Her insights into cultivating the legal and social skills necessary to adapt to a law firm environment were invaluable, and I find myself far better equipped to begin a career as an associate after having taken her course.
— Sridevi Ranganathan, Associate, Michaels & May, PC
Thank you so much for providing me with the opportunity of attending the Greenhorn Legal course. The course was amazingly informative — I feel 100% more prepared to become a new attorney. Heck, I feel 100% more prepared to go into work tomorrow! The practical skills training of day one and the substantive focus of day 2 were terrific. Day 3 was the icing on the cake. I loved ending with the self-care discussion and I liked the practical application of the Rules of Professional Conduct, too. I really cannot thank you enough for this and for all you’ve done to prepare me for my entry into the legal profession.
— Kathryn Conway, Associate, Powers, Rogers & Smith
As a student recently thrust into a firm environment I can honestly say that this program provided invaluable knowledge unlikely to be found in any 1, 2, or 3L course. Any aspiring professional will benefit from Greenhorn. This course provides both hard and soft skills that all practitioners should possess. Whether you are a student looking for internships or a young associate well on your way to partner, the practically based curriculum will help you to function in a firm setting, stand out as a polished professional, and feel like a seasoned veteran as you navigate your nearest courthouse. Importing this knowledge early in my career will allow me to exit school that much more confident and that much more of a stand out associate. I recommend Greenhorn to anyone who sees themselves someday working in a law firm, be it years or days down the road.
— Brandon Greger, Loyola JD, class of 2013; Loyola MBA, class of 2014
Generally, I thought the inaugural Greenhorn Legal course was the perfect introduction to what should be expected in the early years of a legal career. But that statement doesn’t do justice to the content of the course. The course was more than that. From the first moment, it was packed with things that are so important in a day-to-day legal career, as well as in life.
I appreciate your understanding that new lawyers need the universal truths (such as the importance of making decided mental commitments to our careers, of being committed to the present moment and to the work we are doing today) as much as we need the practical day-to-day how-to’s (such as the Letter Writing and Email Writing Guidelines and the New Lawyer Checklist). I’ve already incorporated both into my life. For example, during the evening after the second day of the course, I needed to send two emails to the opposing counsel in a case I am working on-I consulted the Email Writing Guidelines before hitting `send.’ And because this particular opposing attorney is a bit of a bully, I reminded myself to be reasonable and even-tempered (and to not write anything I wouldn’t want a judge to read) when composing those emails.
The quality of the Greenhorn Legal instruction was everything I expected from you. I thought that the video-instructors were so well-chosen (or perhaps well-edited?). Their messages were concise and understandable. The guest speakers were also amazing. For example, I feel that the information and advice gleaned from Brooke’s health and wellness talk will be invaluable to me in my career. I also thought the Greenhorn tips were spot-on tidbits of daily advice. They may seem like they should be common-sense but they aren’t, at least not to me. And I especially enjoyed your photos.
Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of this course! You instructed me and inspired me this weekend.
— Jamie Hossa, Graduate Fellow Attorney, 2011
If you want to learn how to actually practice law — the real nuts and bolts of it — and you would like to enjoy doing so, I can think of no greater teacher than Professor Moore. She has an open and engaging manner which both compliments and enhances her exceptional organization, creativity, and clarity of presentation. Her ability to take seemingly daunting material and deconstruct it to the point of simplicity is, in the best sense of the word, startling. She is earnest in her desire to help her students improve. Her heartfelt encouragement is genuinely reassuring. Her accessibility to answer any and all questions at seemingly all hours is, in my experience, wholly unmatched. I cannot recommend her highly enough to any lawyer new to the profession who seeks to demystify their nascent career.
— Peter Beckmann, JD, 2011