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First Year Associates

At McCarter & English, we view your first year as a journey, full of new ideas, hard work, education, and exciting opportunities for personal and professional development. Our New Associate (first year) Program begins with an in-depth orientation designed to acclimate you to the law firm environment and provide you with the core skills you will need to get you started as a practicing attorney. Our sophisticated legal information systems will provide you with the cutting edge technology that will help you get the most out of your research and optimize your efficiency.

The core of our training program is "M&E University," designed to teach you all the basic skills you will need to ensure professional success.  In the fall, you'll attend in-house legal writing workshops, professional etiquette and time management seminars. Then, in the spring, you'll focus on the nitty-gritty of transactional and litigation law, including such topics as discovery, taking and defending depositions, negotiation skills, and contract drafting.

Supportive Mentoring Makes the Difference

In addition to formal training, each new associate is assigned a senior associate mentor and a partner mentor, which they maintain throughout their careers at M&E. To help you meet many different people from various disciplines within our practice areas, the mentoring program also sponsors numerous events throughout the year including cocktail get-togethers, sports activities and museum outings. 

Our EEO Policy
As an Equal Opportunity employer, McCarter & English, LLP offers all candidates equal opportunity for employment and advancement based on their ability and without regard to race, religion, color, sex, affectional or sexual orientation, civil union, domestic partnership status, gender identity and expression, learning disability, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, familial status, genetic information, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, veteran’s status, or other classification or characteristics protected by federal, state or local law. All employment decisions will be made on a nondiscriminatory basis so as to further the principle of equal employment opportunity.