The goal of this course is to expose and sensitize students to the myriad of real-world considerations that will affect their legal careers, and to assist students in making informed career choices (including selection of a law firm). It will focus on current developments within the legal profession. This course is recommended to all students who may consider working in private practice at some point in their legal careers. Topics covered include associate recruitment, training and retention (from the perspective of the firm and the young lawyer, including interviewing tips and strategies), law firm culture, profitability and professionalism issues, law firm strategy, compensation, marketing, billing, clients, firm governance, diversity, partnership considerations, alternatives to firm practice, and financial and lifestyle issues.
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