Fresh hope is at hand for New York litigators and trial attorneys uncomfortable in the role of hard-charger and who long for the days of high-minded, Socratic explorations deep into the belly of the legal beast.

“If you loved law school, you’ll probably be a good appellate lawyer,” said Andrew L. Frey, a partner at Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw and a former deputy U.S. solicitor general.