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Career Coach Aids Anxious Associates

Hey, law firm associates: Are you unhappy with your job? Looking for an in-house gig? Worried about making partner? Just trying to find a way to have a home life as well as a work life?

No problem–if you work at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker. The 1,200-lawyer firm has hired a new career coach to help associates address such issues, even if that helps them find another job outside the firm, reports the Wall Street Journal law blog. As far as firm administrators are aware, Paul, Hastings is the first big firm to hire a career coach for associates.

The role is filled by Diane Downs, 35, formerly associate dean of career planning and placement at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Her services are confidential, so associates can talk to her freely.

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