YLD Educational Programs

The following is an overview of the kinds of educational programs that have been available to OCBA Young Lawyers Division members. Scheduled events are listed on the YLD Home Page.

Learn the Keys to Success

Learning the Basics: Short seminars will be conducted by experienced practitioners on:

  • How to draft commercial documents
  • How to prepare pleadings
  • How to take and defend a deposition
  • How to improve your speaking and presentation skills

You’ve Just Started, But Where is Your Career Going?

  • Identifying career options
  • Setting career goals
  • Strategically planning your career moves

Getting to Know the Community

  • Bi-monthly informal social gatherings with other new lawyers
  • Exposure to pro bono services and other community activities
  • Getting the most out of your bar experience

Gain A Professional Advantage

Professional Image & Presentation Skills: Practical and persuasive techniques to improve your professional image and have more impact in the courtroom, boardroom, office and elsewhere.

The Beginning of Business Development: Experienced practitioners will discuss how the associate can begin to:

  • Overcome hesitations to developing new clients
  • Interview clients with confidence
  • Market him or herself and the firm
  • Network
  • Meet client expectations
  • Deal with difficult client situations

…And More

How to Succeed and Be Happy in a Law Firm: Your first years in practice

  • Choosing a law firm environment to meet your goals
  • Enhancing relationships with staff
  • Enhancing relationships with partners
  • Problems to expect
  • Clearing obstacles and hurdles to success
  • Finding opportunities outside your firm
  • Planning long term goals

Creating a Productive Work Environment and Effectively Managing Your Time

  • Balance billable hours with administrative, professional and personal time
  • Prioritize tasks