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Office Etiquette for New Associates
The Legal Intelligencer
September 4, 2012

This will be one of the most challenging years of your professional career. You have chosen a profession in which there is little room for error and where reputations and relationships are a critical component of success. You have already demonstrated the technical skills to become a successful practitioner and are now officially a first-year associate. Full Text

The Need for Formal Training and Mentoring Programs
The Legal Intelligencer
September 4, 2012

Among the issues facing law firms is how to train new law school graduates in the art and practice of law in the midst of billing pressures and client concerns that they are footing the bill to train newly hired lawyers. There may be no tougher job in the legal profession than facilitating the transition of a first-year attorney into a functional, successful professional. According to a 2011 study by the Association of Corporate Counsel for The Wall Street Journal, internal cost controls have resulted in more companies refusing to pay for the work of first-year lawyers. Full Text


Learning the Lessons of the Past And Present for Your Future
The Legal Intelligencer
September 4, 2012

Prior to the 19th century, eager would-be lawyers never set foot in a brick-and-mortar school of law. Rather, they served as apprentices to established attorneys who instructed them in the lessons of the law through observation and hands-on experience. Full Text


Balancing Work For Multiple Partners
The Legal Intelligencer
September 4, 2012

Anyone who has ever attended law school knows the intense pressure that law students face every semester. Overwhelmed with the amount of material that a first-year law student has to learn, all 1Ls know memorizing the substantive rules and concepts is only half the battle. To achieve high grades, law students have to write a completely different style and tone for each of their exams. A torts professor might expect definitions of any relevant legal terminology and a thorough application of rules that do not even apply to the exam fact pattern, while a criminal law professor prefers responses that are concise and to the point. As a first-year law student at Duquesne University School of Law six years ago, I thought to myself that I couldn’t wait to be done with law school, where the law would be the law and I wouldn’t have to alter my work product to the preference of any one person. I was wrong. Full Text


First Year Hiring Rising as Firms Look to Fill Gaps
The Legal Intelligencer
September 4, 2012

Despite the worst jobs report in NALP’s history when it came to jobs for 2011 law school graduates, Pennsylvania law firms have been hiring at increasingly higher rates for the last two years, with 2012 data compiled by The Legal showing double-digit growth in first-year associate hiring. Full Text


CHART: Retention of First-Year Associates Among Pa. Law Firms
The Legal Intelligencer
September 4, 2012

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