Law students spend much of their time writing briefs, doing research and enduring endless hours of study. So when Philadelphia’s young lawyers are handed their diplomas, they’re often unprepared for the real-life trials—literally—of working in a law firm.
At a recent Young Lawyers Division event, Associate Attorney Abbie DuFrayne noted the increasing need for resources for law students and graduates. This was one of the main purposes of the first annual Young Lawyers Bootcamp: Tactics, Tricks and Tips for Law Students and New Lawyers.
The program featured five panels directly related to students entering the law profession, including:
- A panel of judges speaking on how to interact between judiciary members and their staff—both in and outside the courtroom.
- Career choices for future lawyers. This panel explores the differences between job sectors, including large and small firms, the court system, public interest agencies and the City of Philadelphia’s Law Department.
- A panel for those who want to brush up on everyday skills they will need to get started in their first jobs, such as depositions, billing and work-life balance.
- A panel on opening your own firm. This panel will include speakers from sole practitioners and multi-lawyer firms ranging from recently established to several years of successful business.
- A networking panel for those eager to learn how to get hired, how to make contacts and ways that building a strong network can benefit your business and clients.
Ms. DuFrayne furthered her commitment to law students by appealing to experienced members of the legal community to act as mentors for the incoming generation of Philadelphia lawyers.
“Lawyers of any age are invited to make a commitment to assist those newer to the profession by volunteering to participate in the mentor program. Offering knowledge and helping to guide those who are a few years behind us can make a tremendous difference in the careers of young lawyers.” – Attorney Abbie DuFrayne
The Young Lawyers Division mentor program is a one-on-one opportunity for a student to be matched with practicing attorney, learning the ins-and-outs of the legal process firsthand.
To date, the YLD has been overwhelmed with students requesting to be matched with a mentor.