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Law from a legal assistant’s point of view, week 50: Learning still

By Quinton Lister, legal assistant  

It has been almost a year since I have started working as a legal assistant to my boss, attorney Eric Johnson. I have learned so many new things about the legal system, about myself, and about being a professional. I am still not a licensed attorney, and I will not be for some time (I start law school this fall), but it’s both surprising and exciting to realize, despite everything I have learned, that there is still more to learn. I know this is not a profound observation. Many people and clichés have been constructed to describe this very phenomenon, but I understand it better than I ever have before. Just when I feel like I have mastered one thing, some new challenge appears that I must learn to resolve well. Life and work are like that. We learn just enough to do and move on to the next thing we need to learn and do. And there is always something to learn and do next. I used to get upset at that, but I am learning to accept it, and even embrace it now. I will always be ignorant about something, and that is just fine so long as I commit to overcoming my ignorance where I can. 

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