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Undercompensated through the current system compared

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undercompensated through the current system compared to what we can see peers at other firms making.” Quality of Work • “I feel like I’m a couple years ahead of the curve (at least compared to other large firms) with regard to the level of work I’m receiving. I’ve talked with mid-level litigation associates at other firms who have gotten less experience with motions, depositions, etc. than I have in my first 2-3 years.” • “I spent the majority of my time doing work that I find very engaging and challenging: writing, researching, and strategizing on difficult issues. For a big firm mid-level associate, I also have decent case management experience: I have managed and settled a number of cases, done a number of depositions, questioned a witness on the stand, and argued motions before judges.” • “Quality of work in my office tends to be very high, requiring substantive legal analysis, advanced negotiation techniques, and writing skills. Sometimes there is larger-volume, lower quality work to be done, and that’s okay too. There is a mix of both.” • “I have had a mixed bag of interesting research opportunities and document review. Although I would prefer to have less document review, I understand that it’s just the nature of being the most junior person on the team. I do feel that more senior people have done a good job of informing me why the documents need to be reviewed and how discrete assignments fit into the overall matter, which I appreciate.” Training & Mentoring • “The firm sent me to a 7-day NITA trial training and covered all associated costs, and ensured that my regular work did not prevent me from attending and taking advantage of the program. I also attended an in-house, 3 day training on the west coast. Almost all of the partners from the office hosting the training participated as coaches, along with about 60 associates from around the country. Jones Day lives up to its hype about taking training seriously. There are also plenty of partners and senior associates who are happy to mentor younger attorneys, both informally and through our formal mentor program.” • “Training is extensive for new lawyers. After that, it peters out, but there are a couple of associate trainings each year (depositions, motions practice) that are paid for by the firm and are of very high quality.” • “Lots of training up front, plus plenty of CLE opportunities. The firm also does a great job of both setting up formal mentoring programs and facilitating informal mentoring. I’ve been on both sides of the equation as both a mentee and a mentor. Also, when I first joined the firm I was assigned to wonderful mentors who happened to be in groups other than the group I ultimately joined. I count just about every partner and senior associate in my practice group as a mentor, if an informal one, who I can go to unannounced about anything.” • “The training is great. I see it as a senior associate and realize
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