Training and Development
The Pursuit of Knowledge
We recognize that learning does not end in law school, and we are committed to providing our attorneys with ample training opportunities to assist with their professional development and growth. Associates receive substantial and direct client contact early in their careers at HSE. We staff our matters with small teams of attorneys, and consequently, associates gain hands-on experience more quickly than at other firms.
In addition to the learning opportunities inherent in our day-to-day practice and the feedback and mentoring that take place in the course of a case, transaction, or other matter, we also offer a curriculum of in-house formal training programs that assist in the development of substantive knowledge and lawyering skills. Our training in substantive law is aligned with our individual practice areas, and our focus is on interactive, hands-on training to provide the most effective learning platform. Examples of our interactive training include programs focused on essential lawyering skills such as negotiation, communication, presentation, understanding contracts, drafting, legal writing, and deposition skills.
Each incoming associate participates in HSE 101, a series of programs designed to ease the transition from law school to the practice of law and provide a roadmap for success at the firm. Thereafter, we provide multi-disciplinary programs to meet the needs of our associates at each step of their career.
Continuing Legal Education: HSE is a NYS Accredited Provider
Each attorney is encouraged to attend and participate in continuing legal education programs on a range of subjects conducted internally and by outside experts in his/her field. HSE has teamed with Practising Law Institute to provide legal staff with unlimited access to PLI online content through HSE’s Knowledge Portal.
Our mentor program is designed to help incoming associates navigate their careers and realize their full potential. The program pairs each associate with a formal partner mentor who provides advice, feedback, and counsel with respect to both the practice of law and one’s progression and development within the firm.
Performance Review Process
To assist our associates with meeting their career development goals, we provide formal feedback through our annual Associate Performance Review process. With the use of associate self-evaluations as a starting point, each practice group collects feedback from attorneys with whom the associate has worked. Review meetings with the associates are held to discuss the associate’s goals and objectives and to provide detailed feedback regarding the associate’s performance.
To support further growth and progression to partnership, fifth and seventh year associates also receive a Partnership Progression Review; a forward-looking review that focuses on partnership advancement. A member of our Associate Evaluation Committee interviews a wide group of attorneys and provides detailed guidance on the associate’s development priorities.