There are so many things an associate needs to learn along the road from law school to full partnership, both straightforward and nuanced. We rely on our mentoring program to help teach associates the “soft” skills that come from real-life experience, but there remain a number of technical concepts and skills sets that all associates should master before they’re ready for partnership or the next step in their careers. Law schools do a great job of producing strong legal minds, but they don’t necessarily teach students how to be practicing lawyers. That’s where Q&B University, or “QBU” for short, comes in.
Think of this as an extended orientation program — now that you’ve got your J.D. framed and hung on the wall, it’s time to learn the actual business of practicing law. You and your fellow new attorneys will discuss topics such as fundamental legal strategies that consistently work, how to interact effectively with your secretary and how to record your work properly and promptly. It’s broad and basic stuff, but it lays a foundation for much more learning to come.
Our mid-level associates attend QBU Mid. Now is the time to explore the client managerial aspects of the law firm, from negotiation strategies and coaching to personal branding. QBU Mid will prepare you for comprehensive client relationship management, advanced networking strategies, marketing and public relations, and other skills that all lawyers should possess.
This is the time to take everything you have learned and apply it to your work. QBU Senior will prepare you to perform as a strong attorney, build and close on client leads, build a strong portfolio and, most importantly, develop strong leadership skills. This is the final level of the associate curriculum, where everything you have learned will come together to shape and prepare you for a bright future.