Faegre Baker Daniels offers an innovative and customized Associate Career Model designed to develop great lawyers.
Our Associate Career Model is based on a levels approach to associate progression. As associates develop practice skills and behavioral competencies, they progress through the Career Model. This allows associates to have a flexible approach to career opportunities and advancement.
Unlike a system in which associate advancement depends on tenure alone, the FaegreBD Career Model takes a comprehensive and flexible approach to lawyer development.
Our model is built on:
- Critical practice skills
- Behavioral competencies that successful lawyers exhibit
- Consistency and access to flexibility across the firm
- Transparent information about what it takes to build a successful practice
- Reinforcement of our core values:
- Honesty and integrity
- Hard work
- Teamwork and collaboration
- Mutual respect and firm mindedness
- Diversity and inclusion
- Service to our communities
We recognize that each associate brings a unique set of skills and life experiences to Faegre Baker Daniels. Through our Advisor Program, senior professionals foster the development of associates by sharing experiences, guidance and resources to establish the foundation for a long and successful legal career.
Upon joining the firm, every associate is assigned an advisor within their practice group who focuses on career development and planning, provides feedback, advice and guidance regarding work-life balance, and takes a personal interest in the associate's professional and personal development. Associates actively participate in the program, working together to create individualized practice goals and objectives with their advising partner.
Faegre Baker Daniels values the importance and benefits of feedback. In coordination with the Associate Career Model, the formal annual feedback and evaluation process is based on a forward progression approach. The process is specifically tailored to each level of the model to ensure that associates are receiving feedback regarding where they currently are in their career, and planning for the next phase of career development.
The annual review process includes a self-assessment, individual feedback and group evaluations, and a face-to-face meeting with members of the associate's practice group.
The firm also understands that feedback goes beyond the formal process, and fully encourages and supports supervising attorneys to offer less formal feedback throughout the year.