Q: WHAT IF I DO NOT KNOW A LOT ABOUT MY DEPARTMENT OR AREA OF LAW IN WHICH I WILL BE PRACTICING?
A: Although Fredrikson & Byron makes a great effort to match your interests with the department in which you will be practicing, sometimes new attorneys find they have an interest in areas of law they know little about. In this case, new attorneys should keep an open mind and be ready to learn. The attorneys at Fredrikson excel at explaining new concepts and easing new associates into the practice of law. They are also very patient in their efforts and generally take great satisfaction in watching their associates develop into extremely capable young professionals.
Q: HOW MANY HOURS SHOULD I BE BILLING AND WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT MAKE PAR?
A: Although par is a goal for which new associates can strive, Fredrikson does not require its new attorneys to reach par during their first year. New associates should be aggressive in soliciting work and stay until the work is complete, but they should not become obsessed with reaching par.
Q: SHOULD I BILL ALL OF MY TIME EVEN IF I THINK A PROJECT TAKES WAY TOO LONG?
A: Always write your time down. New associates are not experienced enough to know how long things take. New associates should always bill all of their time and let more experienced attorneys make the judgment call of whether to write time off. Fredrikson is more concerned with the quality of an associate’s work during the first years of their career and realizes that attorneys will become more efficient with time. Also, an associate’s quality of life will decrease dramatically if they fail to bill their time because they will consistently be struggling to catch up on time they failed to bill.
Q: WHAT SHOULD I DO IF MY SUPERVISOR IS ON VACATION OR DOES NOT HAVE ENOUGH WORK TO KEEP ME BUSY AT THE MOMENT?
A: Always feel free to solicit work from other attorneys. Many of the attorneys at Fredrikson like to give projects to new associates in order to get to know them better. The best advice here is do not be afraid of meeting new people and asking them for work. Doors at Fredrikson are often open and the attorneys are very approachable.
Q: WHAT DO I DO IF I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS EVEN AFTER I SPENT AN HOUR WITH MY SUPERVISOR DISCUSSING THE PROJECT?
A: The paralegals at Fredrikson are a great resource for asking follow-up questions. Many new associates, and all attorneys for that matter, rely heavily on advice from paralegals on how to get things done.
Q: HOW DO I GET MORE INVOLVED WITH THE COMMUNITY?
A: Ask your supervisor if they know of any ways to get more involved. Many of the attorneys at F&B are members of various community organizations and can help you find an organization that is right for you. You can also work with the Community Presence Coordinator to get you involved with various opportunities within the community.
Q: DO I NEED TO BE ATTRACTING CLIENTS TO THE FIRM?
A: New associates should focus on producing quality work for the attorneys who assign them work. In essence, the assigning attorneys are new associates’ clients. F&B does not expect new associates to attract clients to the firm and knows that new clients will come naturally after the new associate develops into an excellent attorney.
Q: I'M INTERESTED IN GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY. WILL I BE ALLOWED TO WORK ON PRO BONO PROJECTS?
A: Yes. F&B has an active and broad ranging pro bono program. All lawyers are encouraged to participate and contribute.
Q: HOW DO PRO BONO HOURS FACTOR INTO RECEIVING A PRODUCTION BONUS?
A: Associates must have 1775 billable hours in order to receive a production bonus. Once you have 1775 billable hours the bonus is calculated on the associate’s creditable hours (includes credit for pro bono, community presence and management time).