8 Ways to Train a Junior Lawyer, Big Law Business, by Louie Castoria

Posted Sep 25, 2015

Article By Louie Castoria, Esq.
Big Law Business
September 25, 2015

Most new law graduates finish the bar exam and enter their first jobs in the law wonderfully trained to do one thing: pass the bar exam.

A January 25, 2015 Big Law Business article, “Legal Tech Poses Training Problem in Big Law,” remarked on the “rock and a hard place” dilemma facing new lawyers and their employers: needing to receive or give training, but with fewer on the job opportunities to learn by doing some of the time consuming work — and valuable learning experiences — that used to go to novice associates, due to the growth of specialized service vendors.

There’s a third factor that’s putting the squeeze on training: a lot of clients won’t pay for it. They want seasoned people working on their cases.

As one who has long been a mentor and instructor in continuing legal education programs, I think law firms need to provide career development opportunities for associates, especially more recent graduates who show long term potential.

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