Coaching has been used in the corporate world for years, but it is relatively new to the legal profession. Nonetheless, it already shows promise as a tool in addressing one of the major challenges facing law firms — preparing the next generation of leaders to fill management and client relationship positions soon to be vacated by retiring baby boomers.

Coaching can be used for many purposes, including honing management skills in firm leaders. But most often it is tied to associate training — teaching basic personal skills to new hires and developing professional and leadership skills in more senior associates.

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