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This handbook was developed by the American Law Institute and the American Bar Association to help new associates adjust to the demands of working in law firms and corporations. The authors offer considerable insight on law as a business, insight gained through decades of experience as practitioners, in-house counsel, and consultants. While law students are skilled at meeting the expectations of professors, they are often less familiar with the values, culture, and expectations of the clients and supervising attorneys with whom they will be working after graduation. This book aims to bridge that gap, explaining common situations faced by new associates from the perspectives of those who will be evaluating their work.
Specific chapters cover topics such as:
One of the most obviously useful topics-seldom mentioned elsewhere-is the need to translate what clients want and need into appropriate legal services and products. Chapter 4 offers explicit guidance about how to do just that. The differences between the perspectives of clients, in-house lawyers, executives, and law firm attorneys are also highlighted.
The advice is not simply for new associates. It is also intended to help law students make informed career decisions. A student trying to evaluate whether a position would be a good fit needs to be aware of the common problems faced by associates in that role. That same knowledge can also help applicants craft strong interview questions.
This book provides needed career advice, then, both for the new associate who hopes to impress clients and supervisors and for the law student who wants to find and get the best-fit job.
From Law School to Law Practice: The New Associate's Guide (2008). KF300.O54 2008 at Classified Stacks. Online table of contents
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Arson, assault, bigamy, burglary, conspiracy, counterfeiting, forgery, infanticide, kidnapping, larceny, libel, murder, perjury, pickpocketing, rape, shoplifting, sodomy, theft, and treason. Trials on these and other crimes and serious misdemeanors were conducted at London's Old Bailey Courthouse.
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