7 Top Tips for Legal Sharks

By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. on July 05, 2016 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

Discovery's Shark Week 2016 ended this weekend, taking with it hours of great white attacks, hammerhead attacks, and the rare bull shark-on-crocodile attack. And if you found yourself rooting for the shark in every attack, well, we understand you.

But while our sea-bound friends might be gone for the summer (from TV at least), there are plenty of sharks still swimming proud in the legal industry. For those of you who'd like to join them, here are our top sharky tips, from the FindLaw archives.

1. A Brief History of the Lawyer as Shark

Before you can understand your future (as a shark), you must understand your past (also as a shark.) For, while "Shark Week" has been on the air for a surprising 29 years now, lawyers have been called sharks for much, much longer.

2. Want to Be a Shark? 5 Qualities to Look for in Law School.

If you want to grow up to be a legal shark, start by picking the right law school. And we don't just mean going with a big name. You'll want a university that provides you all the skills you'll need to leave your opposition dead in the water.

3. 4 Ways to Be a Social Media Shark

For today's legal sharks, staying at the top of the food chain requires more than just killer instincts in the firm or courtroom. You've got to bring your big, many-toothed mouth to the public sphere as well. Here are four tips to help you kill on social media.

4. Top Ten Lawyer Sharks of All Time

Lawyers aren't often called sharks because of their dedication to humanitarian causes. But there are plenty of legal sharks who treat injustice as their prey. Here are our top ten lawyer sharks of all time, with a focus on practitioners who've made a positive impact in the world.

5. Which Type of Shark Are You?

Are you a great white of the legal world, with an independent streak and a ruthless demeanor? Maybe you're more of a tiger shark, known colloquially as a "garbage eater." Or a whale shark, perhaps, getting big without leaving much carnage behind?

If your iPod only plays the "Jaws" theme-song on repeat, it's time to mix it up. Here are a dozen shark-themed, lawyer-appropriate jams to help get you through the week.

7. How to Keep Your Shark-Like Instincts in Check

A shark might be a good metaphor for a killer lawyer, but sharks don't get invited to too many parties. So before you consider turning everyone around you into chum, remember: your behavior could come back around to bite you. So keep those killer instincts in check -- at least some of the time.

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