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As they leap into the world of deadlines and depositions, newbies focus on professionalism, billing, and keeping the curmudgeons happy.
Firms Turn to Professional Development As the competition for legal talent grows increasingly fierce and the attrition rate for associates continues to rise, law firms are finding new ways to attract and keep top-notch recruits. One solution they’ve hit upon is improving their training and professional development programs. by Alexia GaramfalviSet a Target, Make a Plan, and Rack Up the Hours It’s not enough to do good work. New associates have to figure out how to meet their billable-hours requirements. If you think you’re going to be able to bill 10 hours a day and work right through lunch, you may have an unrealistic sense of time management. Here’s a strategy that actually works. by Coke Morgan StewartBasics for Beginners: What to Do, What Not to Do Develop a reputation for being a team player. Be nice to your secretary — and all the other secretaries, too. Oh, and show up on time that first day. You don’t want to hold up everyone else waiting to begin the firm’s orientation program. Here’s more good advice for new associates. by Christine WhiteRequired Reading From Curmudgeons and Others Required reading for new associates: what the office curmudgeon thinks new lawyers should know and be able to accomplish. Plus, a look at the law from the client’s side. Read and learn, all you novices. by Gunnar BirgissonLove the Big Bucks? How About Giving Some Back? The hefty starting salaries for new associates can lead to attitudes that have more to do with greed than with charity. But one group of associates is trying to change that perspective by introducing a giving campaign aimed specifically at law firm associates. by Joshua Kaplan

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