Integration vs. Orientation

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.

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