The key for most deferred law firm associates who are working at public interest and government agencies is to concentrate on developing as many legal skills as possible. And the challenge for agencies is to get the most out of them for about a year, meaning associates have to get up to speed quickly. "Frankly it's about a six-month learning curve to catch up," said Lynne Kelley, the New York City Bar's executive director, at a training program. "That is, it will take six months before you feel you won't throw up."
Deferred Associates 'Hit the Ground Running' at Temporary Positions
New York Law Journal
November 3, 2009