career path 

Our associates choose Choate because they know they will receive training, mentoring and experience that will help them become great lawyers.  We are committed to offering a practical learning environment in which associates develop skills that prepare them for success in their fields. 

On the path to partnership, Choate associates are first eligible for promotion to counsel during their sixth year of practice.  Lawyers who are promoted to counsel participate in many Partner Meetings and are given opportunities to develop the skills required to succeed as a partner.  Counsel are first eligible for promotion to Partner after three-and-one-half years in the counsel program.

We understand that personal and professional goals may change over the course of a lawyer’s career.  We are supportive of and take pride in the many achievements our alumni have accomplished by leveraging the training and expertise they developed at Choate.  Alumni whose personal lives have taken them to other cities were heavily recruited by AmLaw 100 and 200 firms in those cities.  Our alumni who have decided to pursue passions outside of the law firm environment have found success in a variety of impressive positions, including:

  • Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • Judges on the First Circuit Court of Appeals, Massachusetts Court of Appeals and Massachusetts Superior Court
  • General Counsel at Harvard University, Fidelity, John Hancock, Exxon Mobil, Crane & Co., Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Haemonetics and LPL Financial Services
  • Senior in-house lawyers at Hewlett-Packard, PNC, Biogen Idec, Google, Putnam Investments, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, HeartWare and MassMutual
  • Senior attorneys at the United States Attorney’s Office, the SEC, the United States Supreme Court, the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office and various district attorney’s offices

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