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An Associate's First Year: A Guide to Thriving at a Law Firm

Author(s): Jennifer L. Bluestein
Practice Area: Career development and management, Pro bono, Professional development
Date: Nov 2018 i Other versions can be found in the Related Items tab.
ISBN: 9781402432712
PLI Item #: 256411
There is more to thriving as a new law firm associate than doing great legal work. Associates must also demonstrate commitment to law firm values; capably manage up and down within their firm; successfully interact with people of different generations, cultures, and backgrounds; champion diversity and inclusion; work smartly and efficiently; contribute to innovation within their firms; manage their workloads; continually learn about their clients’ businesses; and so much more.

An Associate’s First Year: A Guide to Thriving at a Law Firm, edited by Jennifer L. Bluestein and written by more than a dozen experts—including partners, professional development directors, law firm associates, and other legal industry professionals—provides guidance on:

  • The expectations of a first-year attorney
  • Starting off right in the first six months
  • Time management
  • Practicing in a global environment
  • Creating “positive visibility” for oneself
  • The importance of pro bono work early in an associate's career
  • Embracing technology and innovation in legal practice
  • Presenting work to senior attorneys
  • Working with secretaries, paralegals, and other staff
  • Establishing oneself as a leader within the firm
  • Receiving and responding to performance feedback
  • Fostering inclusion in a diverse workplace
  • Self-editing one's written work
  • Taking charge of one's career
  • Practicing self-care
  • Getting the most out of year-end reviews
  • Knowing when it’s time to leave the firm

Each chapter is full of practical suggestions that can help new associates gain confidence and thrive in the first year of practice at a law firm.

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Jennifer Bluestein is Chief Talent Officer at Perkins Coie LLP, responsible for all human resources functions, including associate, counsel and staff recruitment, development and training, performance management, employee relations, compliance, compensation and benefits. Jennifer, who is based in Perkins Coie’s Chicago office, was previously at Greenberg Traurig for more than 10 years as Director of Professional Development and then Chief Learning & Development Officer. Prior to that, she was Director of Professional Development at Baker & McKenzie for five years. Earlier in her career, Jennifer was an employment and litigation attorney.