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Without jumping levels we fall far behind the cravath

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Without jumping levels, we fall far behind the Cravath scale.” Quality of Work • “As a junior associate, I still need to do a fair amount of grunt work; however, I have gotten a few opportunities to take the lead on closing a couple of smaller deals and present during pitches. Higher-level work is available if you reach out to and impress the right partners.” • “At Foley & Lardner, associates are encouraged to handle complex issues and take-on very substantive roles. I took over ten depositions last year and took three witnesses at trial. I have lots of client interaction as well.” • “While I have had to do document review, I have also been given the opportunity to draft pleadings, briefings, and other substantive work that I feel lucky to be able to do this early on.” • “The vast majority of my time at this point in my career is spent on substantive legal work, and I have received many more opportunities than I expected early in my career to take depositions, make oral arguments, draft briefs, etc.” Training & Mentoring • “Most mentoring is directly between partners and associates. There is some informal mentoring between senior associate and junior associates. Formal training opportunities are few and far between.” • “Each associate has two formal mentors (one partner mentor and one associate mentor). There are also affinity group mentors. We have annual firm-wide litigation training sessions on a variety of topics and smaller local office litigation group trainings. In addition, I think that the partnership is very invested in helping younger attorneys build their careers at Foley. While formal mentorship has certainly helped me, I have found that the informal mentorship and training opportunities have been key to my development as an attorney.” • “Mentoring is a loose term, and it is on the associate to determine how much they want to be mentored, and from which sources. It is there if you seek it out. Training is adequate, but mostly comes on the job.” • “Some partners are better than others at providing feedback and walking you through comments, but that’s to be expected everywhere. The formal training is relatively minimal-- monthly at most and often comes much later than would be truly useful. Almost all partners, even when very busy, are happy to explain comments or why something is the way it is—you just have to be willing to ask.” Career Outlook • “Partnership is a realistic goal, though still a difficult path. The firm is starting to make of counsel positions available for former partner track associates with valuable niches.” • “The firm is actively providing marketing training/opportunities for younger associates to develop experience with bringing in new business, both on a personal and on a firm level.” • “The main roadblock to partnership seems to be the lack of billable work available to associates. Associates are unable to get enough billable work to meet their hours requirements.
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