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“Climbing the Ladder” – The Path to a Great Legal Career By W. Perry Brandt


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Like Judge Ortrie Smith before me, I too wish to congratulate the staff and faculty advisors of the UMKC Law Review for establishing and promoting an internet publication. As I will discuss below, staying ahead of the curve and anticipating future developments in the world is essential to charting one’s career path. The Law Review is to be commended for taking this great legal publication into the 21st century.

A first glance at the title of this article likely evokes a cynical response of “Oh, here’s another tome on how to pursue selfish ambition and make a lot of money.” Well, it’s not. If success and money are a by-product of the advice given here, that indeed is an added benefit; however, as you will see, the thrust of this article will be how to develop your career in such a way that you achieve maximum professional growth and maximum professional fulfillment. My metaphor of “climbing the ladder” is simply intended as a description of how to approach the various stages of your career – indeed, it is all about mastering each rung of the ladder while always reaching for the next rung.

My starting premise is that law school does … Read the full text …