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Your first year

From your first day, you’ll be assigned to one or more multidisciplinary teams for specific client projects. You’ll become an integral part of your teams, interacting with partners, associates and clients, learning from your colleagues and benefiting from their wide range of experience.


Partners and Practice group managers work closely with associates, providing support where needed and monitoring workload. All of our practice groups offer new associates an active role with real responsibility and the opportunity to interact with clients.

Pro bono

We’re proud of our heritage of advocacy and public service and the crucial representation Fried Frank lawyers have provided to those who need it most. We are committed to representing people of limited means and working on behalf of non-profit organizations in the public interest.

Our advocacy efforts range from reproductive and LGBTQ+ rights to criminal defense appeals, immigration, tax assistance, and general business counsel. At every level of our firm, from partners to summer associates and business services professionals, we strive for excellence in pro bono advocacy. We’ll encourage you to take on pro bono work, which may include joining a current matter or initiating one of your own.

Professional development

At Fried Frank, professional development is a continuous process of learning, assessment, and growth in a collegial, supportive environment. Our goal is to help you become a better lawyer, and our rigorous educational program, known as Fried Frank University, will give you tools and skills that will serve you well throughout your career.

The first phase, the New Associate Academy, takes place in the fall of your first year. It’s designed to help recent graduates transition from academia to actual practice and introduce new associates to our culture and business practices. A second phase continues through the fall and winter of your first year with our New Associate Integration Series, which includes sessions on accounting, time management and organization, communication, pro bono, and other professional skills.

The program for third-year associates, the Midlevel Associate Academy, facilitates the transition from junior to midlevel associate, emphasizing negotiation, management, delegation, and business development. Our curriculum for sixth year associates, the Senior Associate Academy, focuses on providing senior associates with the skills they need to develop and manage client relationships effectively and includes sessions on client service, networking, and business development. Lawyers at all levels participate in substantive practice-specific training programs organized and led by the respective practice groups.

We also offer dedicated career development to our associates through our full time career development manager, who supports our lawyers throughout their career at Fried Frank.