Nurturing great talent and sharing what you need to do fulfilling work comes naturally to us. Yes, we have a collegial culture, interesting work, and a place where you will be surrounded by colleagues who are often among the best in their field. Yet, we leave nothing to chance. Our nurturing professional development program aims to take you to the next level. Count on mentoring, training, feedback and the clarity that comes with knowing how you’ll advance and thrive.
“From on-demand programs to in-person workshops and everything in between, each firm member – regardless of role, title, or tenure – is encouraged to expand their knowledge and skill sets. Additionally, we offer billable credit for education, training, mentoring, and other professional development activities.”
– Elizabeth, Director of ProfessionalDevelopment
Partner-to-associate ratio, allowing abundant hands-on learning and partner contact.
Few things make us happier than making someone else’s day. We are a place that celebrates birthdays, holidays, get stuff done days, breakthrough days and the relentless pattern of days where we help clients achieve important things—in the moment and for the future. What’s better than having something to celebrate on a daily basis? To us, good times are always a win, win.
“To me, Burns & Levinson combines the closeness and camaraderie of a small firm – where we know, like, and trust each other and celebrate victories, both professional and personal, collectively – with the strength, steadiness, reach, and renown of a big law firm. It’s a combination I find personally fulfilling and that I have found to benefit our clients enormously..”
– Chris, Associate Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Opportunities to celebrate per year. Whether we’re honoring a holiday, toasting to the close of a monumental deal, or recognizing milestones and birthdays, our team loves a good time. Cheers!
Surround yourself with people who are every bit as driven as you minus the behaviors that can drive you crazy. High-performing lawyers and professionals join us from top law schools, other leading firms, and the private and public sectors. Talent stays because they’re able to reach new heights and new levels of accomplishment. All with the support to focus on the priorities of the day and without the distracting demands of colleagues who are less than collegial.
“I’ve been at Burns & Levinson for a few years and I can understand why people stay for decades. The dedication, professionalism and care for the clients, as well as employees, is admirable.”
Culturally, there is a continuum of “I” law firms (what’s in it for me) and “we” law firms (what’s in it for us). We are the latter. Our entrepreneurial culture provides the independence to create and achieve your own path to success, combined with a team approach to support our clients, communities and causes. Pair this ethos with our love of a good celebration and you have a winning formula for a rewarding career. Go team.
“I have been with Burns & Levinson for a relatively for short time, but I was totally embraced by everyone in the firm… and I mean everyone… from day one! People still reach out to check in and ask if I need anything and are always offering their assistance. It makes it that much easier to settle in and learn what you need to learn knowing people have your back all the time.”
Noreen, Legal Administrative Assistant
Designated work spaces to foster team collaboration
in our state-of-the-art Boston HQ – not counting
conference rooms, or your access to the rooftop terrace.
Substantive Training & Continuing Education
Consistent with the needs of the firm and our clients, the firm expects all attorneys, including new associates, to assume significant client-facing responsibilities quickly and capably.
As a result, our associates obtain significant and invaluable on-the-job training by working closely with experienced attorneys with varying styles and approaches.
To supplement this practical, hands-on experience, we provide our associates with formal training in a broad range of substantive topics via in-house programs and extensive external continuing legal education options.
Associates can also sharpen their substantive legal and business skills via on-demand e-learning platforms, like Practicing Law Institute (PLI), Thomas Reuter’s Practical Law, and Hotshot Legal.
Core Skills & Competencies
Developed with input from our associates, our Core Skills are customized to our firm’s culture and expectations concerning amazing client service and key professional/leadership skills.
As such, the Core Skills offer a balanced counterpart to our associates’ substantive legal training and development.
Throughout the year, we offer in-house seminars, workshops, and speaker events on wide-ranging topics, such as business development, law firm economics, time management, and delegation.
Mentoring & Coaching
Given the size and culture of our firm, our associates quickly develop mentoring relationships with other attorneys in their practice groups and across practice groups. Mentoring is such an essential component at our firm that we offer billable credit to all timekeepers for time spent with mentoring activities.
To round out the onboarding process, we pair new lateral associates with an associate mentor who becomes a fast “go-to” colleague for our new associates.
In addition to formal and informal mentor pairings, we facilitate mentoring circles for different groups of attorneys, such as a mentoring circle for women attorneys in transactional practice areas.
We offer individualized coaching resources, both internal and external, to our attorneys, including writing coaching and presentation skills coaching.
Engagement & Connection
The firm is committed to helping foster connections and collaboration among all our colleagues, particularly among our associates.
To this end, the firm offers regular opportunities for associates to connect across practice groups, both informally and formally, often multiple times a month and throughout the year.
Many of our associates are engaged in any number of the firm’s internal initiatives, like the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee, internal affinity groups, and the Well-Being Committee. We offer billable credit for involvement in these activities, as well.
Our associates represent the future leaders of the firm.
We encourage our associates to develop and grow their leadership skills from a wide array of internal and external opportunities.
For example, associates may seek firm leadership positions on one of our committees, such as the Associates’ Committee, comprised of associates selected by associates who serve as a liaison between associates and the firm’s management team.
Many of our associates hold leadership positions externally, such as board members on charitable boards.
The firm also supports associates’ participation in external leadership development opportunities, such as programs offered through the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce, ACG, Y Boston, and the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts.
Evaluations & Feedback
Throughout the year, associates seek and receive real-time feedback and guidance from partners/counsel with whom they work and the Director of Professional Development.
We conduct formal in-person performance evaluations for associates on an annual basis.
This fulsome process includes self-evaluations by associates and evaluations by supervising partners/counsel and by senior associates in some circumstances.
At the meeting, we discuss not only the evaluations but also their ongoing development goals so that we can support our associates on their professional paths.
Diversity here is a labor of love. We talk passionately about improvements and back the talk with action.
We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including generous time off, and competitive salaries commensurate with years of experience. Our benefits program strives to provide a combination of work/life balance, health and wellness, and financial stability.
Health and dental insurance
Health savings accounts
401k and discretionary profit sharing plan
Life and long term disability insurance
Health and dependent care flexible spending plans
Commuter flexible spending plans
MBTA pass program
Paid time off
Wellness and professional development seminars and initiatives
Burns & Levinson hires summer associates and law clerks on a periodic basis based on the projected needs of our practice groups. Our summer associates and clerks are assigned to a specific practice group, receiving work assignments from attorneys and gaining hands-on experience in that particular area of law. In recent years, we have hosted summer associates and law clerks in our Business Law, Business Litigation, Intellectual Property, and Private Client Groups.
People who excel in these roles are driven self-starters who demonstrate sound judgment and have strong analytical and communication skills. Burns seeks diverse candidates who share the firm’s passion for, and commitment to, delivering amazing results for our clients.
In general, we do not participate in on-campus interviews at law schools. Because our hiring needs are practice group-driven, we recruit for summer associates and law clerks at various times throughout the year. For our summer associate program, we typically determine our hiring needs for the upcoming summer in the early months of that year, and then begin an online application process and interviews.
We plan to open our online application process for Summer 2024 in the first quarter of 2024. We have not yet determined our hiring needs for Summer 2024. Please do not submit any application materials prior to the opening of the process. Be sure to check back here and on the firm’s social media pages for updates for Summer 2024!
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