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Professional Development: Training the New Crop of Incoming Associates

Young lawyers do not learn to practice law in school. They are missing practical application of the law. This must be taught by senior lawyers. The following is a step-by-step guide for attorneys who finds themselves responsible for training new lawyers.

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The practice of law has transformed and expanded over the past 20 years. The profession has shifted to become more client focused, associates are entering at higher salaries and firms are pressured to be more efficient. All this adds up to the necessity for new associates to be productive sooner. However, young lawyers do not learn to practice law in school. They learn to do research, cite cases and think logically, but they are missing practical application of the law. This must be taught by senior lawyers. The following is a step-by-step guide for attorneys who finds themselves responsible for training new lawyers.

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