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Training days: Four ways in which law firms help their new lawyers develop
The most commonly cited cost of replacing an associate is around $300,000, thanks to the work of Catalyst Canada’s study of attrition in law firms. It’s hardly surprising, then, that law firms want to take all available steps to protect the investments they’ve made in their new lawyers. High on that list of steps are sophisticated, multi-faceted training programs. Here’s a quick look at the types of associate training that have flourished among far-sighted law firms across North America. More...
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Young Rainmakers: Law Firms Must Look to the Next Generation
The financial health of most law firms relies on the efforts of a few rainmakers—lawyers who keep the new business pipeline flowing while their colleagues focus on the practice of law. Who will make the rain fall when it comes time for the traditional rainmakers to retire or move on? More...
Lawyer, train thyself
“It is important for people to take responsibility for their own professional development. With every assignment, lawyers should be thinking about what was learned and how this new knowledge or skill can be applied to new situations. Associates should be encouraged to seek out relevant programs offered by bar associations, alumni groups or other CLE providers.” More...
— Kathleen Brady, Manager of Associate Development at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCoy
Adults don’t learn the same way children do, so don’t try to reproduce high-school classrooms in your training sessions. In addition to true mentorship programs and peer-group opportunities, give your associates real-world training: let them cut their teeth on pro bono files, or create client simulations that promote teamwork, communication and creativity. Better yet, don’t guess — get the associates to tell you how they want to learn.
This page was featured in the January/February 2007 issue of National.
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