Congratulations. You got the training contract. You are now going to be a trainee solicitor at a commercial law firm, either in the City or elsewhere. What next?
The first thing to consider is that joining a law firm is not like starting at university or law school. You are not creating an entirely new year afresh along with all your fellow students.
You are instead being placed into an organisation and a culture which is already formed, and one where everyone has seen trainee solicitors come and go.
Your initial priority is to see how that organisation and culture functions, and to be sure not to disrupt it...
After Hugo Chavez died last week, comedian Stephen Grant tweeted this gag about the former Venezuelan President: "In honour of the passing of Hugo Chavez, I have had his initials inscribed onto my bathroom taps."
Solicitor and New Statesman legal correspondent David Allen Green suffered a bruising weekend on Twitter after Assange supporters took umbrage at his views on the high profile extradition case.
The altercation even saw one of the pro-Assange group turn to Photoshop to create this mock-up of Green with Borat-style hair and moustache.
But the most memorable bit of the two-day war of words occurred at its outset on Saturday, when Christine Assange (aka Julian's mum) went on the anti-Green offensive...
This is the central question that the panel will be discussing at Legal Cheek's Google Campus event this evening.
The boom era narratives that attracted students to the law are fading. City law salaries are no longer spiralling; instead they're stagnant, with trainee numbers falling and many corporate firms desperately scouring the horizon for merger candidates.
Meanwhile, the Inns of Court-related glamour that has traditionally drawn students to the publicly-funded Bar is giving way to a sense that the hardship involved just isn't worth it.
Amid the gloom, however, there are some interesting new legal career options developing...
The danger lurking in laws to end cyberbullying [Legal Cheek’s associate editor Emily Jupp in The Independent]
David Allen Green’s ‘cut out and keep’ guide to avoiding defaming people on Twitter [Storify]
Lord McAlpine threatens to sue Speaker's wife Sally Bercow [The Telegraph]
McAlpine's solicitor warns long list of Twitter users to 'apologise or be sued' [The Guardian]
Stobart Barristers chief hits back at quality claims [Click Manchester]
"Barrister quotes Shakespeare while trying to chat up attractive Probation officer. Didn't catch the quote, too busy vomiting" [Court News via Twitter]
Lord McAlpine raises prospect of legal action over false abuse allegations [The Guardian]
Lawyer's Craigslist ad for ‘friendly artist’ almost certainly a thinly-veiled invitation to live-in threesome [Gawker]
39 Essex Street in 'advanced discussions' with 30 4-5 Gray's Inn members [The Lawyer]
Source tells me the appeal against the six months sentence for Trenton Oldfield for disrupting boat race has been abandoned [David Allen Green via Twitter]
Judge critical of defence barrister during conviction appeal hearing [South Wales Evening Post]
Former City lawyer Patrick Raggett wins £54,000 damages after suffering years of abuse at Jesuit-run school [The Independent]
Mum broke into solicitor's office to look at files [Daily Post]
Last Thursday, for the first time in ages, I bought a copy of The Times.
Its law supplement – which just a few years ago was seen as the definitive source of UK legal news – looked forlorn, populated with stories covered earlier, and in more depth, by the growing band of hybrid lawyer-journo bloggers spewing out frighteningly good commentary and analysis, then disseminating it in real-time via Twitter.
Former barrister Carl Gardner is one of the pioneers of this group, having founded his blog, Head of Legal, in 2006, after quitting the Government Legal Service (GLS) with what at the time looked like a far-fetched vision of becoming a legal commentator and writer...