Latham understands that choosing a practice area right out of law school may be difficult for many new associates. So we don't require it. Instead, Latham takes a flexible approach to associate staffing through our hallmark Unassigned Associate Program for US associates.
Watch a video of Adam Golberg to learn more about his experience
in the Unassigned Associates Program
On arrival, new associates are not assigned to a particular department or practice; rather, they enjoy the opportunity to explore any number of practices, working with and learning from a number of experienced lawyers before choosing a department that best fits their skills and interests. During this unassigned period, projects are allocated based on associate practice preferences, interest in a particular matter or supervisor, and availability. As their work becomes more focused, associates are eligible to join a department on a trial basis as early as their second year at the firm.
Through the Unassigned Associate Program, lawyers have the opportunity to gain experience in several different practice areas before committing to any one department. This gives associates more control over their careers, allowing them to sample different types of work and gain exposure to different areas of law early on. The Unassigned Associate Program provides flexibility for associates to direct the course of their careers, taking into account client needs.
Read more about the firm’s 50 practice areas.
Learn more about the US-based Unassigned Associate Program through Latham associate John Hellman's experience.