In a tight job market, law firms of all sizes are competing for top talent. And at midsize law firms, investing in associate training is a key strategy for earning the loyalty of young attorneys with long careers ahead of them.

“Smaller firms give so many opportunities earlier to young lawyers,” said Marcia Wasserman, president of Comprehensive Management Solutions and a consultant to small, midsize and boutique firms. “With a shortage of attorneys in a tight job market, firms can have a hard time filling that position. When they finally find someone, they want to invest in them.”

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