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Junior Attorney Corps

Starting our associates on the right foot

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Tucker Ellis is committed to training our junior attorneys right out of the gate. Through our innovative Junior Attorney Corps (JAC) program, we give our prospective associates, first-year associates, and lateral junior attorneys a holistic law firm experience in their first 16 months with us.

How it works

The JAC is led by two partners who serve as principal coaches and mentors to the group. JAC associates are also assigned an individual mentor to orient them to the firm, answer questions, and provide opportunities for professional growth. Group meetings are held on a monthly basis and focus on common issues faced by junior attorneys, including:

  • keys to becoming a successful attorney
  • time entry
  • project and time management
  • cultivating successful professional routines
  • ethics
  • networking and business development
  • law firm processes

Experienced attorneys from all Tucker Ellis departments and practice groups are encouraged to assign JAC members to matters and teams, ensuring that no one assignment or practice area accounts for the majority of an associate’s work so they can explore different areas of the law.

At the end of the program, each JAC attorney is assigned to a department and practice group based on the interests and strengths they discover and develop by participating in the program.

JAC associates Lucy Zelina, Rachel Emerson, Bridget McCusker, and Tayler Grill after being sworn into the Ohio state bar in November 2022.

Our goal

The key goal of our JAC program is to facilitate the smoothest possible transition into the practice of law for our most junior lawyers. The JAC provides not only a comprehensive introduction to the law firm experience and a variety of practice areas, but also a unique forum for participants to share experiences, plans, and expectations with one another and receive intensive training and mentorship that will help them thrive.

Current JAC associates Dorothy Swagler, Marissa Diver, and Victoria Rieman attend Tucker Ellis’s 2023 In-House Counsel Summit.