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Proficiency race: Accelerate junior lawyer effectiveness on a budget

Stephanie Abbott considers how to ?speed up junior lawyer development ?under continued cost pressure

28 January 2014

Years of academic prowess may incline some young lawyers to believe that they are expert learners. Yet an understanding of learning as a process is not something typically taught at law school and is rarely dealt with by firms. Granted, most smart young lawyers eventually work out the important parts for themselves, but this can be a hard and uncomfortable journey. The conclusions they draw from this as an unstructured process may be based on bitter lessons in survival and end up out of alignment with the firm’s goals for organisational and
talent development.

The main developmental task of a young lawyer is to learn as much as possible on the job. While this sounds rather obvious and glib, learning effectively through experience is a very different process to achieving academic success and there is no chance for a re-take.

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