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Observations for Finding Success When Starting Small
The Legal Intelligencer
September 10, 2013

There is no shortage of information available on the typical first-year experience in Big Law. We are all too familiar with the high salaries, the billable hour expectations, the recruiting programs and the prestige that accompany Big Law associates. Full Text


Exposing Hidden Value in First-Year Training Programs
The Legal Intelligencer
September 10, 2013

In 2009, Drinker Biddle & Reath launched its First-Year Associate Development Program. Many viewed the program as a creative solution to the dip in the demand for legal services during the financial crisis. While the program certainly helped to occupy incoming associates fully and productively, it also provided a way to further the firm's commitment to associate training and client service. Notwithstanding the uptick in the demand for legal services since 2009, the program's momentum has continued unabated. Full Text


Overcoming the Obstacle of a Youthful Appearance
The Legal Intelligencer
September 10, 2013


As a young associate in a busy Social Security disability practice, I attend between five and 10 administrative law hearings on average each week. This guarantees one thing in particular: I am going to have a lot of client interaction. And yes, I said it, I am a young associate. At the age of 26, I look about my age. This has raised concerns about my competence and has drawn skepticism from some of my clients. Full Text


Use Law School Skills to Adapt in the First Year
The Legal Intelligencer
September 10, 2013

On my first day as a full-time litigation associate, I took 1.1 hours to "enter appearances in Bucks County Court of Common Pleas." If I had not retrieved my old reports, I might not have believed spending such an inordinate amount of time on this task was possible; there really is nothing to entering an appearance. That first day, however, I didn't know what the rules of civil procedure had to say about entries of appearance, who had to sign the entries or what a certificate of service was, what format the entries had to be in, or even what constituted acceptable practices for mailing documents to court. So perhaps that time entry perfectly captures the sense of bewilderment that all first-year associates experience when they finally start to practice law. Full Text


Making Pro Bono a Cornerstone of Your Career
The Legal Intelligencer
September 10, 2013

Congratulations on launching your legal career. With all that lies ahead of you, your mind might be full of hopes, plans, questions and, yes, even a few anxieties. Full Text


First-Year Hiring on Rise While Summer Programs Shrink
The Legal Intelligencer
September 10, 2013

First-year associate hiring in Pennsylvania and across the country saw increases in 2013, but that might be temporary if summer associate hiring this year is any indication. Full Text


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