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Morris, Nichols, Arsht & Tunnell LLP - Wilmington, Delaware

Professional Development

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Does your organization have a formal evaluation program in place? Yes
Evaluations Annual
Does your organization use upward reviews to evaluate and provide feedback to supervising lawyers? Yes


Rotation for junior associates between departments/practice groups? No
Is rotation mandatory? No
Comments Associate development is a high priority at Morris Nichols. Our program is composed of several elements that together give associates the opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to make them excellent attorneys.

Initially, the firm provides introductory courses for new lawyers on basic matters such as court filings and ethics. The firm also hosts a variety of seminars and workshops, including those on deposition skills, trial skills and legal writing, and several of the practice groups hold luncheons at which new legal developments and other topics of interest are discussed.

The firm also encourages its associates to take full advantage of training opportunities outside the firm. These include a wide range of continuing legal education programs. For example, many of the firm's litigation associates attend the weeklong NITA course which offers lawyers an intensive case preparation and trial program. The firm's corporate associates regularly attend national programs on corporate legal developments, including the Tulane Corporate Law Institute in which many of the firm's lawyers participate as panelists and moderators. In addition, the firm's associates are encouraged to participate in committee work in their areas of specialization for organizations such as the American Bar Association, which gives them the opportunity to work on projects of national significance with lawyers from all over the country.

Our associate training program is designed not only to develop our attorneys' legal skills, but also to challenge them to become the best that they can be as individuals.


Does your organization have a dedicated professional development staff? Yes
What are some of the types of training and professional development opportunities your organization offers? (check all that apply) In-house training programs|External firm-paid seminars|Continuing legal education (CLE)|Organized/formal mentor program|Observation opportunities|Practice group training
What roles do counsel/senior attorneys play in the training of attorneys? (check all that apply) Presenters|Develop/design training programs|Mentoring|Supervise projects|One-on-one training
Does your organization have a coaching/mentoring program Yes
Does your organization give billable hours credit for training time? No