CHIEF Justice Anthony Gates yesterday reminded 30 USP law students he admitted to the Bar of the need to keep their feet grounded.
Justice Gates said: "There is no harm in having a healthy distrust of accepted opinions.
"However, there must be a reason for everything.
"With your university degree and diploma you are, as it were, on the start line of your profession.
"It is trite to say that most experienced practitioners will regard you as knowing nothing about the practicalities of the law. You must learn therefore about the nuts and bolts as quickly as you can in your first years at the Bar."
The 30 applications were moved by lawyers who had been mentors and guides of the young lawyers.
Justice Gates said it would be much wiser for the young lawyers to continue to align themselves with the continuing Legal Education Programs and to learn more about the ethics.
"I urge you to remain inquisitive about your profession and its necessary skills.
"Make sure you attend the continuing legal education programs.
"Learn more about ethics at the Bar.
"This can be at times a complex topic, but honesty, frankness and courtesy will guide you to rightful conduct."