In-House Seminars / Time Management for Junior Associates


SO LITTLE TIME, SO MUCH PAPER™:
Time Management
for Junior Associates

Description

This program combines time management and project management techniques which junior (first- and second-year) associates can use to juggle multiple assignments successfully.  The first section describes six key organizational tools, and the second section address the key techniques for using these tools to accomplish multiple tasks with a minimum of waste, expense, and unnecessary effort.

The time associates invest in developing and maintaining their skills at creating and using the organizational tools described in this program will pay off in helping them find information quickly, think more clearly, and work more productively.  Even for associates currently managing only a handful of assignments, it is never too early to start developing a reputation for being organized and efficient.  As the American Bar Association's book Making Partner advises, "If you have your act together and are perceived as having your act together, you will make a positive impression, which will help predispose the clients and partners favorably before they start to evaluate your technical skills.  Good work habits will give you a clear and open playing field, which will permit you to utilize your technical skills without obstruction."*


Sample Outline

(Actual outline will depend on the results of the customizing process.)

INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW

I.   SIX KEY ORGANIZATIONAL TOOLS FOR JUNIOR ASSOCIATES

      A.  New Assignment Checklist

      B.  Assignment Plans

      C.  Assignment Files

      D.  List of Assignments

      E.  The Master Binder

      F.  "Collected Works" Binders

II.  THREE KEY ORGANIZATIONAL TECHNIQUES FOR JUNIOR ASSOCIATES

      A.  Managing Information (Paper, E-mail, and Voicemail)

      B.  The Weekly Review

      C.  Keeping Accurate Time Records

CONCLUSION AND CHALLENGES

 

FOOTNOTE

*Robert Michael Greene, Making Partner: A Guide for Law Firm Associates, 2d (Chicago: American Bar Association, 1992), p. 18.

 

For more information about this program, please e-mail MegSpencerDixon@TimeManagementForLawyers.com.