We have resisted the trend among major law firms to require immediate specialization by new associates. Instead, first-year associates initially work in several departments with various senior attorneys, thus enabling early, direct involvement with clients, opposing counsel and lawyers from other firms. As they learn and grow, our new associates are given increasing responsibility, balanced with training and supervision.
Associates generally elect to concentrate in a practice area at the end of their first year. However, first-year associates who have a particular interest in our Tax Group or Trusts & Estates Group typically specialize in these departments earlier than other associates.
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