After reading this article from NALP, I’m intrigued by the idea of an ongoing “integration” versus a two-week orientation for new associates. The definitions for these two activities could not be more different. Orientation is merely an “introduction” to new surroundings, while integration is an act of combining into a whole (dictionary.com). I think that firms who adopt a new associate integration policy rather than a two-week orientation, must have lower associate attrition.
A big part of this integration policy should include comprehensive legal research skills training. Contrary to common sense, this training is rarely given much time on the orientation agenda, even though new associates will spend the majority of their time researching and writing. Food for thought as we head into new associate season.
Both Sarah and I will be speaking at the upcoming ALA Law Firm Financial Management Conference in Schaumburg, Illinois (ALA Meetings & Events). The name of session is Library Cost: Analyzing and Managing this Cost Center Effectively, and we are very excited to be participating at this event. If you are attending, we hope to see you there, if you are not attending, but are interested in the program, please contact us. We would be happy to present to local ALA chapters or librarian groups.
Welcome to the blog for Cable&Clark, law firm consultants specializing in partnering with law firms to increase their profitability and develop innovative approaches to information strategy. This blog will monitor and comment on the current state of legal research, cost recovery of legal research resources, information services contracts and legal research training. We will also track issues relating to summer and new associate job readiness and retention, as we believe that legal research skills play a very big role in both of these areas. We hope you enjoy reading this blog, and feel free to comment or contact us directly.