Saturday, May 23, 2015

What Hiring Partners Think About New Lawyers

According to a study funded by LexisNexis, hiring partners have these views on new lawyers:

  • 96% believe that newly graduated law students lack practical skills related to litigation and transactional practice.
  • 66% deem writing and drafting skills highly important with emphasis on motions, briefs and pleadings
  • Newer attorneys spend 40% – 60% of their time conducting legal research
  • 88% of hiring partners think proficiency using “paid for” research services is highly important
  • Students lack advanced legal research skills in the areas of statutory law, regulations, legislation and more…
  • The most important transactional skills include business and financial concepts, due diligence, drafting contracts and more…
  • A law firms spends approximately $19,000 per year, on average, to train a new associate.

You can read the full study here.


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