Career Development

Harris Beach is committed to the professional development of each associate through comprehensive training programs. Our goal is to nurture lawyers. We provide the opportunity for each associate to practice law with excellence. This supportive environment also enables associates to develop a high degree of job satisfaction and loyalty to our firm. At Harris Beach, associates participate in a rich variety of instructive work experiences, benefit from supportive supervision and hear regular feedback.


Our Summer Associate Program offers law school students a chance to get to know the culture and “work life” of Harris Beach. Participants will tackle interesting and varied work assignments in the firm’s practice and industry groups. Opportunities for interaction with clients, and observation of court and administrative tribunals, are provided whenever possible. A variety of social events will introduce participants to partners and associates in a fun and informal setting. Summer associates have the benefit of individual mentors who offer valuable practical suggestions and friendly, experienced guidance. Work product is evaluated by assigned attorneys throughout the summer, and substantive feedback is provided on a regular basis.


Our multifaceted Associate Training Program begins with an introduction to office resources, personnel, technology, paperwork guidelines, billing protocols, research resources and administrative support. Following the office orientation, each new attorney will participate in a two-day integration program that takes place in the law firm’s Rochester office. The program will include formal and informal sessions with members of the senior management team about the law firm’s history, management and culture. Attorneys will participate in discussions about expectations for the quality and quantity of legal work, the law firm’s commitment to pro bono and community activities, and the value Harris Beach places on client relationships. Associates will be introduced to our practice areas and industry teams, and learn from partners and firm administrators about law firm finances, timekeeping obligations, marketing, diversity initiatives and business development activities. New associates will also have the chance to meet with second and third-year associates as they share “what I wish I knew when I started.”


Once the initial orientation activities are completed, each office or practice group at Harris Beach will provide development activities tailored for their location and specialties. For example, associates in the Rochester office will experience a rotation program through several practice areas, while associates in our New York City office will have the benefit of rotations in both the Medical & Life Sciences industry team and Mass Tort practice groups. These early experiences, whether a rotation or hands-on work in an office specialty, are followed by continuing, customized training, specific to the office or practice area.


To provide a foundation for success, ongoing coaching and mentoring activities connect new attorneys with partners and senior associates in both structured and informal activities. Opportunities for interaction related to work assignments, client meetings and firm activities are provided. Practice groups provide regular, constructive evaluations. Planned and spontaneous social events provide time for enhancement of collegial relationships and the building of lifelong friendships.


This firmwide training program, offered every 18 months for senior associates and senior counsel, is fashioned after the partner retreat and includes hands-on training opportunities, leadership training and presentations about initiatives being implemented throughout the law firm.