Professional Development & Training
Professional Development & Training
At Proskauer, our associates are our greatest assets. We care about their development as lawyers and provide ongoing professional training, both department-specific and general skill development. Whether it involves shadowing a senior lawyer, hearing him or her provide insight on a new aspect of the law, or honing skills with an outside consultant or professor, we invest heavily in our associates to prepare them for careers in the law.
Proskauer Institute brings together new associates from all offices to orient them to the practice of law and the firm at the start of their careers. It is a full immersion, multi-day training program presented in the fall of each year.
Proskauer Institute addresses the fundamentals for becoming a successful lawyer in a large law firm, including:
Associates are given assignments to observe experienced lawyers at work. These opportunities are available throughout our associates’ careers at the firm to help them gain exposure to and experience in all elements of client matters. Shadowing may include attending a meeting with a client, participating in negotiations with opposing counsel, attending a trial or observing the closing of a transaction. In addition, we encourage partners to “reverse shadow,” in order to offer oversight, guidance and feedback on smaller projects and matters.
New associates are matched up with an associate advisor when they arrive at the firm. After they have had a chance to develop informal mentoring relationships at the firm, associates second year and above are asked to select a partner or senior counsel to serve as their mentor. The firm provides an annual stipend to mentors, conducts mentoring training and organizes periodic events such as Take Your Mentor to Lunch Month. The Professional Resources Department actively monitors the relationships and serves as a bridge between mentors and mentees to encourage activity.
In conjunction with our firmwide evaluations system, we periodically meet with partners and senior counsel to provide instruction and guidance on how better to deliver formal evaluations and ongoing feedback to associates at all levels.
Mid-Level Training Series
In collaboration with Columbia Business School, we hold an annual training series for third through sixth year associates firmwide. Mid-level associates are asked to assume more significant roles on matters and to take on greater responsibilities. This transition raises unique issues and requires associates to expand their respective skill sets. The series provides our midlevels with a forum to discuss these issues, opportunities to connect and collaborate, as well as tools to guide their professional development as Proskauer lawyers.
Continuing Legal Education
We strongly encourage associates to attend training and continuing legal education courses. We offer all associates an annual training budget to become active in bar association activities and attend outside programs. We also present substantive skills and training programs in-house throughout the year for lawyers at all levels of practice.
Proskauer is an accredited CLE provider in California, Illinois, and New York, so our lawyers can obtain necessary CLE credits without leaving the firm. The firm also utilizes Micron CE Manager, a learning management system, to administer and track CLE, attorney admission and other training.
Real Estate lawyers at Proskauer gain experience and learn to practice real estate law by working on a daily basis with senior lawyers on a broad range of transactions. Additional professional development opportunities include:
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