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and responses to requests, and drafting presentations to regulators. While regulatory investigations suit some associates, many others are dissatisfied with the lack of civil litigation work. A lot of associates feel they don’t have meaningful deposition-taking or brief-writing experience.” • “I tend to conduct research, assist in drafting deposition outlines or written discovery requests, and attend meetings to develop facts for certain matters. Although I have spent time with tasks like document review, overall, that has not been a major part of my first few months.” Training & Mentoring • “There is a one-week boot camp for new associates, and every associate is assigned a liaison partner, who provides feedback from performance reviews. Most training occurs on the job, and the most effective mentoring relationships tend to arise organically based on the associates and partners you work with.” • “Certain partners are great about making an effort to make sure you are learning and are getting good opportunities to develop. However, the formal training/mentorship programs could certainly use some strengthening.” • “Although there is a formal mentoring and training system in place, the organic and informal mentoring has been more helpful.” • “We are much better at informal training than formal. Some of this is by design—a lot of people would prefer to learn by doing rather than in clinical sessions. The partnership has been making a more concerted effort to get associates more involved in professional development opportunities even if they are ‘billable’ projects.” Career Outlook • “Exit opportunities are good but not a lot of partnership opportunities in litigation.” • “Partnership track here is rough as there are only a few partners made any given year. Certain associates stay on in a more senior non-partner capacity, and most that leave do not have difficulty finding new opportunities.” • “There are plenty of exit opportunities and the firm is well regarded, so it is not difficult to get interviews and make moves elsewhere.” • “Promotion to partner as a litigation associate still seems to be difficult, despite that they named [three] lit partners this year.” Pro Bono Commitment • “The firm heavily respects and encourages pro bono work, and expects that pro bono representations are treated like paying client matters. I have been involved in work mentoring high school students, and have assisted with a criminal defense case recently.” • “The pro bono partners here have an open-door policy, and while they are not into flashy pro bono projects, I’ve personally had several meetings and proposed/had approved 2 new pro bono ventures in the last 3 months.” • “Firm is committed to pro bono work, seems more difficult for corporate associates to take on pro bono matters.” • “As a first-year associate, I am working on a divorce case for Sanctuary for Families, a special education case for
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