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Careers: Professional Development

Step Up

To succeed as a lawyer, you need to learn more than trial skills and legal developments.  You need to master practice development skills – how to strategize, network, communicate and cultivate relationships.  Teaching these skills is part of our commitment to you.

During your first three years, you’ll get a jump start from the Brown Rudnick Associate Integration and Development (BRAID) program, featuring orientation, training and small-group meetings on everything from internal politics to writing and presentation skills.  Periodic Lunch and Learn seminars provide an in-depth look at hot legal topics.  Starting in your third year, you’ll participate in our formal practice development training program to help you develop and achieve your own career goals.

Of course, there’s no substitute for hands-on learning.  And you’ll get plenty of it.  You’ll work directly with partners and clients on novel, difficult issues – no busy work or library exiles.  A trained Associate Development Partner will monitor your assignments to make sure you get the experience you need to progress toward partnership.

Our professional development program includes:

  • Substantive legal training opportunities, all year round
  • The BRAID program – a practical, substantive introduction to Brown Rudnick
  • Lunch and Learn sessions
  • A robust practice development training program beginning in year three
  • Frequent, direct partner contact and feedback
  • A formal, attributed evaluation each year
  • Transparent, well-defined benchmarks for advancement
  • A dedicated Associate Development Partner to monitor your work assignments, address deficiencies and help you advance
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