You might be surprised to learn that junior associates work on cutting-edge deals and disputes from day one. They have direct and frequent client contact soon after arriving here.
Junior litigators draft motions and briefs and take and defend depositions. In pro bono and smaller matters, they conduct trials and hearings.
Junior corporate lawyers draft and negotiate a variety of corporate agreements and play critical roles in the due diligence process and closings of prominent transactions.
We have no set timetable or hierarchy for associate responsibility except to increase the challenge steadily. The level of work assigned is limited only by an associate’s desire and capabilities. Mid-level and senior associates commonly handle a level of responsibility of a magnitude equal to that of partners in many other firms.