Expect to see more firms (especially large corporate firms) instituting apprenticeships for integrating new attorneys. The concept generally involves hiring recent graduates at a reduced salary for six to twenty four months. During this time the associate may shadow firm attorneys, handle pro bono matters or take classes. Although little or no time is billed to clients during this period, client interaction is a common thread of the apprenticeship programs currently in existence. Associates may spend as many as three days per week in house with clients. This allows associates to get a better understanding of what clients want and need thus making them more valuable to the firm.
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