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Can Law Schools and Big Firms Be Friends? 74 Southern California Law Review 65 (2000)


My recent focus has been upon current students and new associates and their expectations about and experiences in large firms. I have taught both classes and research seminars on the profession, in which students examine how their colleagues make career plans. Through these seminars, I have gained some understanding of law firm life, including the willingness of law firms to support pro bono projects, the experiences of relatively new associates, and many law firms' attitudes about the work expected from young associates. From such research and from the growing wealth of materials about law practice, I have begun to develop an understanding of how substantial the shift has been in law firm practice, what glimpses of those practices are available to law students, the kinds of disjunction between students' experiences at law school and those of graduates just beginning law practice, and also how interdependent the activities of large law firms and law schools are.

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