First year associates participate in a nine-month rotation program involving the firm’s metropolitan New York offices. First year associates are given the opportunity to explore various practice areas while working with partners and experienced associates. This allows the first year associates to make an informed decision about which practice area they would like to focus on and jump starts their career paths. Our new associates gain experience quickly as they work alongside our partners and senior associates and regularly interact with clients and opposing counsel. We entrust them with large caseloads and put them to work in a variety of litigation and transactional matters. As the first year rotation nears its end we work with each associate to craft departmental assignments in a way that balances the individual's interests with the current and anticipated needs of the firm.