Pro Bono Immersion Puts Newbies On Fast-Track

Law360, New York (September 9, 2011, 10:59 PM EDT) -- DLA Piper's new program enlisting first-year associates to perform only pro bono work for a BigLaw salary could inspire other firms to follow suit as more paying clients are demanding associates with real-world experience, experts say.

While not unique, DLA Piper's program sets itself apart from many others by enlisting two brand-new lawyers to work on only pro bono cases in the firm's pro bono department at full pay for an entire year, according legal industry watchers.

“You have virtually all firms where first-years are encouraged...
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