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Quote of the Day - Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment. - Barry LePatner
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How Do We Pay To Train Inexperienced Lawyers? Is It A Question Without An Answer?

Here's a premise for you: Companies who hire attorneys in-house want to hire experienced and trained lawyers. So says Michael C. Ross in the Spring 2005 GC California article entitled: Attorney Wanted: Tips on In-house Hiring (subscription required, but abstract available here under 'Columns').

Makes sense to me. In fact, it's also a requirement at WLF. We hire lawyers who have 10 or more years' experience, and now, everyone here has 15 or more years' experience.

But who pays to train these young lawyers? It hits home for me right now because my son, Michel Ayer, will be graduating soon from my alma mater, the University of Iowa College of Law, and he'll be one of those inexperienced lawyers looking for a job.

Here's the quandary: Companies regularly complain that they "don't want to pay to train lawyers." That's a refrain often voiced at the end of the month when fee statements get reviewed and they see younger attorneys are working on the file. If companies and small- to mid-sized firms want only experienced lawyers, then someone's got to do the training, and someone's got to pay for it.

Usually, that's those megalomaniac gargantuan law firms together with what is truly the world's largest law firm (and you thought the AMLAW 100 was big). So how do we balance the desire not to pay for "training" lawyers with the desire to hire (and for that matter use in law firms) only trained lawyers?

Is this an endless circle without an answer?

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