Training, Evaluation, and Professional Development Information -- 2006

NALP Bulletin, May 2007

The table below reports on the training and evaluation items that were included in the NALP Directory of Legal Employers for the first time in 2006. Some of these practices vary by firm size, although not necessarily in a consistent pattern.

Overall, upward reviews are not the norm but are more typical of smaller firms, as is rotation for junior associates. Evaluations are typically annual, and about three-quarters of firms do not count training time toward billable hours.

Of the approximately 1,600 unique offices listing in the 2006-2007 Directory, the response rate to these items varied from about 75% to 97%. Percentages are based on offices that answered that question.

Overall, more than 80% of firms in the 2006-2007 Directory indicated that they have a professional development staff, and, not surprisingly, the larger the firm, the more likely it is to have a professional development staff, with nearly 100% of firms of 701 or more lawyers reporting a PD staff.

Training and Evaluation as Reported by Firms for 2006 —
By Firm Size (Number of Lawyers)


Total 50 or fewer 51-100 101-250 251-500 501-700 701+
Evaluation is: (1,549)
Annual 69.0% 70.6% 69.4% 67.0% 64.9% 75.4% 71.9%
Semi-annual 27.8 19.1 26.0 31.2 31.6 24.6 25.7
Other 3.3 10.3 4.6 1.8 3.5 0.0 2.4
Upward reviews? (1,313)
Yes 33.0 49.4 48.3 31.5 23.1 41.2 33.0
No 67.0 50.6 51.7 68.5 76.9 58.8 67.0
Professional Development Staff? (1,355)
Yes 81.9 31.7 58.5 70.0 87.4 92.5 99.7
No 18.1 68.3 41.5 30.0 12.6 7.5 0.3
Billable hours credit for training time? (1,206)
Yes 25.6 29.0 35.0 14.9 29.4 29.8 24.1
No 74.5 71.0 65.0 85.1 70.6 70.2 75.9
Rotation for junior associates? (1,389)
Yes 16.0 40.0 13.9 14.3 14.6 12.8 14.6
No 72.3 44.2 69.2 72.0 75.9 74.4 76.4
Case by case 11.7 15.8 16.9 13.7 9.5 12.8 8.9

Note: Not all offices/firms answered all of these items, and about 35 did not answer any of the items. The number responding to each item is shown in parentheses above. The item on mentoring is not shown above because 99% of offices responding to this item reported having a mentoring program.
Source: 2006-2007 NALP Directory of Legal Employers. Includes firms in Canada but not in Europe or Asia.

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