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Consider Law Schools With In-House Firms, Incubators

At school-based firms, attorneys may spend between one and three years honing their skills.

Incubators at law schools can help recent graduates get their firms off the ground.

Incubators at law schools can help recent graduates get their firms off the ground.

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"Those partners will fire associates that are not getting the job done," says ASU law school Dean Douglas Sylvester. The partners will also decide which cases the firm brings in – they'll seek clients that force associates to tackle unfamiliar areas of the law – and spend up to 60 percent of their time providing educational opportunities for recent graduates.

Even at an incubator, the experience can be likened to what will take place at ASU.

"We're practicing as we would in a private firm or anything like that," says Relles of Pace.

For him, there have been no drawbacks from joining the Pace Community Law Group. "This program has built a foundation for me that will last throughout my career."

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