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HARD START - First-year associates eager to embark on their careers right now are staring down some unprecedented hurdles, from delayed start dates to the unique difficulty of training remotely, Law.com’s Dylan Jackson reports. But experts say they remain optimistic that these early snags won’t inflict any long-term career damage on these up-and-coming attorneys. “They’re all in the same boat, and this will pass, and they’ll be able to get in the game,” Kate Reder Sheikh, a managing director in the associate practice group at Major, Lindsey & Africa, said. “It’s a bummer, is what it is. It’s an inconvenience.” And, as Berger Singerman first-year associate Michael Clinch noted, this rough start could actually end up being beneficial. “I do think that this experience, generally, is going to be transformative on how legal services are delivered,” Clinch said. “While it’s not a regular start, I think it’s the future of law in many ways.”

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