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Best Legal Practice Tips From the Lives of Celebrities

By Casey C. Sullivan, Esq. on March 07, 2016 12:00 PM

What can Dolly Parton teach you about making it as an attorney? More than you'd expect. There are even some legal life lessons to be learned from the likes of Lou Reed and Pharrell.

When it comes to inspiration, we here at FindLaw aren't afraid of looking beyond the law firm door. You shouldn't be either. With that in mind, here's the best of our celebrity-inspired lawyering lessons.

1. 3 Lessons for Young Attorneys from Pharrell's Hat

In 2014, Pharrell was big, but his hat was bigger. Pharrell's Smokey the Bear-inspired headpiece captured America's zeitgeist and spawned a millinery craze we haven't seen since 2006's fedora frenzy. But we learned a thing or two from the hat as well. Mainly, have a sense of humor and dress yourself well.

2. 3 Ways for Lawyers to Take Inspiration From Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton turned 70 this year, and there's a lot to learn from the nearly endless career of one of country music's most successful singers. If you need a lesson on personal branding, perseverance, or the best way to make a living (hint, it's not working nine to five), Dolly can help.

3. 5 Lessons for New Attorneys From Lou Reed

If Dolly's not your style, try Lou. From keeping your language simple, to understanding what makes you successful, to whether or not to try out heroin, Lou's life has some good advice.

4. 3 Lessons for Young Attorneys (or Law Students) From Olympians

Already excited for the Summer Olympics in Rio? You don't need to wait until the torch is lit and first races are run to start being inspired by the world's most famous athletic competition. We've got some advice you can implement right now. (Spoiler alert: one lesson is "practice, practice, practice.)

5. 4 Lessons for Lawyers, From the Life of David Bowie

David Bowie's career should be more than just music on your stereo. From how to develop your persona to the value of experimentation, there's plenty of lessons to be taken from the life of this innovative artist.

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