Imagine you are offered a clear picture of the path to partnership. Included is a list of competencies to achieve along the way. Training, support, mentoring and sponsorship are provided to help get you there. Should you question your commitment to the law or consider going in house, a career coach will support you in making those decisions. Your firm offers on- and off-ramp options and flexible work arrangements should you need time for medical or parental leave. Sound too good to be true? Well, not in these Bay Area firms who have taken a nontraditional approach to attorney professional development.
“In my view, training, mentoring, coaching and career development all come together as part of our talent development function,” says Benjamin Bradshaw, O’Melveny & Myers talent development partner and a self-described “lifer,” having joined the firm in 1998. “I’ve enjoyed a long career here and have benefited immensely from mentors over the years. Senior lawyers took me under their wings. I would characterize their efforts as coaching, in part.”
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