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June 16, 2021

Part I: Do Law firm Associate Training Programs Exist?

By Kalae Menard.

Do you remember how relieved you were when you graduated from law school? How accomplished you felt upon reading the phrase, “Congratulations on passing the bar exam!”? After receiving a passing score, you felt unstoppable, then the following doubts of finding an entry-level attorney job kicked in: How will I find employment in a saturated field? How will I pay off my student loans? If I find employment, what if I do not like that area of law? How can I do a job law school never prepared me for? Even after I found employment as a government attorney, I remember asking myself these questions often. A few short months later, I found myself searching for something new; that search led me to Kelley Kronenberg’s Law Klinic.

Kelley Kronenberg’s Law Klinic is a four-week law firm training program designed to give post-graduates with little-to-no experience, legal training in an area of law. At the end of the program, the new associates are staffed in one of the many Kelley Kronenberg locations. As a former teacher who values quality training, I was immediately sold on the Law Klinic and excited to be a part of this new, innovative program. The fears that I had as a newly barred attorney have been replaced with excitement.

It has only been one week, and the amount of information I have learned has been invaluable. Days one and two were filled with meeting the partners, executives, the variety of departments in place to support your career at Kelley Kronenberg and learning the case management system used by the firm. By day three, we were learning about First-Party Property. Prior to week one, if you asked me what First-Party Property was, I would have given you the definition I ‘Googled’ for my interview at Kelly Kronenberg. If you were to ask me now, I could tell you exactly what it is, who the key players are, and my role as the attorney. When hired, I was told that I would not be “thrown into the fire”, but instead receive the support and training I need to succeed in this role, and so far, Kelley Kronenberg has kept every word.

Whether you are searching for your first post-JD job, or you have a job but are unsure that you found the right career field, it is equally important to find the right environment for you. While it is tradition to be “thrown into the fire,” Kelley Kronenberg understands that their attorneys need to be competent. The Law Klinic can best be described as an associate attorney internship. So, if you are wondering whether the Law Klinic is for you, ask yourself the following: Do I want to be trained in an area of law? Do I want to be supported by my colleagues and staff? Do I want to be valued by my firm? If the answer to each of these questions are yes, apply. Do your research, refine your resume, and look out for part two of my Law Klinic experience.


Kalae Menard is an Attorney at Kelley Kronenberg where she assists in handling matters related to First Party Property Insurance Defense Litigation.

Contact Kalae Menard at:
Email: kmenard@kklaw.com

DISCLAIMER: This article is provided as a courtesy and is intended for the general information of the matters discussed above and should not be relied upon as legal advice. Neither Kelley Kronenberg, nor its individual attorneys or staff, are responsible for errors, omissions and/or typographical errors – always seek competent legal counsel.