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New Attorneys

98 ABA Journal New Attorneys articles.

‘Precruiting’ and ‘exploding offers’ create stress for law students seeking summer associate jobs

An increasing number of BigLaw firms are recruiting students for summer associate programs before the formal on-campus interviewing process, a practice dubbed “precruiting.”

What state has the best work-life balance? New report explores

Aspiring lawyers will find the best work-life balance in these top three states, according to a new report from presettlement loan company Uplift Legal Funding.

Talent wars led to record-high salaries for class of 2022 law grads, new NALP report says

Talent wars helped push the national median salary for class of 2022 law graduates to a record high of $85,000, according to figures released Wednesday by the National Association for Law Placement.

Incivility could be basis for discipline under proposed ethics rule change in California

California lawyers could be disciplined for incivility under a state bar proposal headed to the California Supreme Court for approval.

Federal judge questions ‘move afoot’ to encourage arguments by junior lawyers

Federal judges who encourage more junior lawyers to provide oral arguments could be interfering with the attorney-client relationship, according to a federal judge in Rockford, Illinois.

Three Scary Letters: Big. Law. ALS.

It’s strange how three little letters can cause so much angst. As a 2L interviewing with BigLaw firms, “Law” was looming enough, without “Big” preceding it. Five years later, I faced a new set of terrifying letters: ALS.

Silicon Valley-based law firm gives associates the option of one-year deferred start dates with stipend payment

Cooley is offering some incoming corporate associates the option of deferring start dates for a year in exchange for a $100,000 stipend.

Lateral candidates continue to raise ‘red flags,’ research company says

Nearly one-third of all lateral candidates in 2022 raised “red flags,” which include undisclosed business affiliations, cultural incompatibility and inflated books of business, according to Decipher Investigative Intelligence.

How can lawyers be better allies? ABA presidents share their advice

“You’re not trying to kick anybody out,” says Paulette Brown, who was the first Black woman to become ABA president. “You’re trying to have people understand that everyone has not been given the same basic tools that others have been given.”

BigLaw is losing its appeal, new survey of Gen Z lawyers and law students says

In the long term, a majority of Generation Z attorneys and law students plan on eschewing a traditional BigLaw career path for in-house, government or nonprofit work, according to a new survey by legal recruiting firm Major, Lindsey & Africa released Wednesday, and they value work-life balance and flexibility in the workplace.

For 2022 law grads, bar-pass-required jobs increase, while JD-advantage positions decrease

For the second year in a row, there is an increase in jobs for new lawyers, according to data released Tuesday by the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

Grit and growth mindset boosts work of teams, new ABA report finds

Can teams operate in a gritty and growth mindset-oriented way, and if so, does that make them more successful?

Associate hiring and attrition remain above average in 2022, new NALP Foundation report says

While hiring and attrition of law firm associates have decreased from the historic high levels reported in 2021, they remained above levels from previous years in 2022, according to the NALP Foundation for Law Career Research and Education’s annual Update on Associate Attrition report released Tuesday.

Cooley reportedly pushes back start date for incoming associates; are summer programs at risk?

Cooley has pushed back its start date for new associates from November 2023 to January 2024, according to reports by Bloomberg Law and Law.com that rely on anonymous sources.

BigLaw associate’s admonition to be available 24/7 with ‘no exceptions, no excuses’ goes viral

A Paul Hastings associate’s best-practices advice to junior colleagues in an internal presentation wasn’t that far off the mark, legal observers said. But its tone was lacking.

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