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GRBJ: Law Firm Uses 'Free-Agent' Approach for New Recruits

January 14, 2016

Varnum Chair of Recruiting discusses Varnum's 'free-agent' approach for new associates in this Grand Rapids Business Journal article published December 16, 2015.

A law firm is trying out a “free-agent” approach for its new associates, which allows them to spend their first two years with the firm working with a variety of teams, rather than being hired directly into a practice.

Varnum said the approach helps new associates “gain a sound understanding of the firm” as they “decide on an area for their legal focus.”

Varnum, which is headquartered in Grand Rapids and has five other offices across the state, said it began using the free-agent approach last year and believes it’s paying off so far.

“Our free-agent approach provides associates with a well-rounded experience,” said Brion Doyle, chair of Varnum’s recruiting committee and partner in the firm’s Grand Rapids office. “So far, the feedback on this approach has been overwhelmingly positive from new recruits and students.”

Read the article in its entirety: Law firm uses 'free-agent' approach for new recruits

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