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Your Focus: Learn foundational skills needed to succeed in your practice area
When you start at Jenner & Block as a junior associate, we make sure that you have all the information, resources, training and support that you need in order to be successful. We provide a comprehensive orientation program to help introduce you to the firm and your department. We give you a mentor with whom you meet regularly (2 hours per month). First-year associates are paired with senior associates; second and third year associates are paired with partners. We provide weekly training programs to help you build the skills junior associates need to master. Each year we offer more than 100 in-house programs designed to teach you everything you need to know to be successful.
The firm hosts regular meetings for junior associates to help them learn about the firm and its expectations. The managing partner hosts a monthly all associates meeting. The elected Associates Committee helps coodinate these meetings and determines part of the programming. Junior associates are also invited to monthly department and/or practice group meetings where they meet other attorneys and learn more about the firm, its practices and its clients.
During this time, the goal is for you to work on a broad range of assignments with different lawyers, different clients and different types of matters. We help you get a diverse docket of matters -- billable and pro bono. We want you to be exposed to different styles so that you begin to develop your own authentic style of lawyering. We want you to develop a strong foundation of legal skills -- we focus on research, analysis and writing. We also look for you to understand and “live” the firm’s core values.
We have written benchmarks that describe the types of skills and experiences that you should try to develop as a junior associate. These include general competencies such as showing initiative, communicating clearly and demonstrating professional judgment, as well as milestones specific to your practice area -- taking depositions, negotiating deals. You are expected to track your progress in reaching these benchmarks and to approach partners and practice group leaders directly to obtain the experiences you want. You can select your own pro bono matters under the supervision of a partner of your choice. Your progress is formally evaluated at the end of each year.