Below are some frequently asked questions about The Fullbridge Program Professional. Still have questions? Please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org or (646) 380-6770
How long is a Fullbridge Law program?
Fullbridge’s core program for first-year associates is 120 hours in length, with additional programs available for associates of all levels beginning at 40 hours.
How many associates from a law firm must participate in the Fullbridge Program at the same time?
Fullbridge welcomes the opportunity to run a large, global program with your associates working across time zones and offices. In special instances and to initiate a longer-term partnership, Fullbridge will work with your law firm to craft a program for as few as 12 participants. We work with all of our partners to accommodate the law firms calendar.
Will Fullbridge accommodate rolling start dates?
Yes. As long as approximately 25 participants begin the program on same date, Fullbridge will run the group as a separate cohort. For example, a class of 75 new employees could begin the Fullbridge Program on three different start dates in three different cohorts of 25 participants.
How much does the Program cost?
The pricing of our Programs varies depending on specific curriculum and length. We will work with you and your firm to understand your needs and goals.
How can I take a Fullbridge law program – do I have to sign up through my firm?
Would you like to take a Fullbridge law program but are not sure how to engage your firm? Please fill out our Request More Information Form and we will contact you right away.
How do participants access the curriculum each day?
After an initial two-to-three day in-person session, the Fullbridge curriculum and related content (readings, images, videos, simulations, exercises, etc.) are delivered virtually through a secure password-protected web-based platform, and through live web and phone sessions with coaches and team members. Participants have the flexibility of completing the Fullbridge Program from their assigned firm office, conference room, or even home. Participants interact with Fullbridge Coaches and their teammates via web-based collaboration tools, email, and phone.
Where are participants located throughout the duration of the Program?
Fullbridge believes that the optimal location for Program participants is their assigned office. First, working from their individual (or shared) office simulates actual working conditions and helps quicken the transition to proactive learner. Secondly, working from their office as opposed to a team conference room provides the participant with a “safe learning space” in which to ask questions and interact with their coach without the worry of peer embarrassment. Research has found this to be the ideal way to learn challenging new skills.
Is the Program team-based and collaborative?
Yes. The Fullbridge Program is outcomes-oriented, and we include a combination of individual and team-based exercises to ensure that participants are able to practice new concepts and master competencies. Throughout the Program, participants work intensely in small teams through Fullbridge’s social media platform and web-based collaboration tools. The cohort model, with small sections and smaller teams, ensures the development of strong supportive networks. Participants rotate leadership roles on team projects and receive peer feedback. Daily collaboration fosters networking and mentorship. In a final team project and presentation, each team integrates all the concepts and skills practiced in the immersive Fullbridge experience.
Will participants be on teams with employees from other companies who are taking the Fullbridge Program?
No. Teams will include only participants from the same company or organization.
How does Fullbridge ensure that participants are fully engaged in the curriculum?
Fullbridge’s learning method is powerfully motivating to ensure that participants are highly engaged. Quick movement between individual skills learning, short videos, work in project teams, simulations, and interactions with their Coach ensure participants are fully immersed in the topic. Participants learn from real companies, and simulations, competitions, and other incentives enhance engagement. Participants work in teams to acquire skills of collaboration, leadership, and problem-solving.
Does Fullbridge assess participants’ performance on exercises and competencies?
Yes. The Fullbridge Program is outcomes-oriented and we focus on teaching specific competencies and skills. Individual exercises allow participants to practice new skills without peer embarrassment, and team-based projects and exercises ensure that participants acquire skills of collaboration, leadership, and problem-solving. All exercises are reviewed by a Fullbridge Coach, who provides daily feedback on individual exercises and team projects. In addition, they offer invaluable individualized mentoring throughout the program. Through personalized feedback, coaches encourage participants to adopt key behavioral traits and avoid common missteps.
What if participants have advanced business knowledge (M.B.A., prior coursework, or work experience)?
Prior to beginning the Fullbridge Program, each participant takes a diagnostic, assessing prior knowledge of business terms and concepts. Participants who demonstrate advanced skill on the diagnostic may take an “Advanced Finance” track and given the opportunity to complete more challenging individual exercises.
In addition, participants with advanced business knowledge may be placed in teams to foster the formation of peer mentoring relationships with fellow participants. In past programs, these trusted relationships have continued well beyond the end of the program.
With what specific tools and materials will participants leave the Program?
At the successful conclusion of the Program, each participant will leave the Program with:
- An assessment of their competencies and skills
- A portfolio of their work – presentations, videos, spreadsheets
- Exclusive Fullbridge tools and materials to have on hand in their job
- A clear sense of expectations and attitudes that ensure success
For a law firm associate, how is The Fullbridge Program different than a “mini-MBA”?
Fullbridge immerses associates in the core concepts of business and aims to prepare them to become trusted business advisors as well as legal advisors. Unlike traditional business school, which is focused on explaining the “how” of business, the Fullbridge curriculum is designed to help associates develop comfort and curiosity with business concepts and an intuitive understanding of the “why” – learning to grasp the relationship between business considerations and the legal questions that arise from business activities of clients.
Who are the Fullbridge Coaches?
Fullbridge Coaches are skilled business practitioners with degrees from top business schools and professional experience in fields such as management consulting, investment banking, venture capital, and entrepreneurship.
What do Coaches do?
Fullbridge Coaches bring The Fullbridge Program to life through a combination of hands-on learning support and ongoing, individualized feedback.
Does every participant have a Coach?
Yes. Each participant is assigned to and works with an individual coach throughout the duration of the Program.
How do Coaches interact with participants?
Coaches act as “practice bosses,” simulating the interactions, expectations, and protocols that a participant will encounter either in the workplace or among their clients. In our law programs, Coaches provide participants with a client's perspective, guiding associates to develop a sense of business context for legal work.
Company / Program Sponsor Involvement
What information will the law firm receive regarding Program participants?
The Fullbridge Program meets weekly with the firm to review highlights, provide updates on individual and team performance, and to discuss program logistics. Fullbridge will provide a final program summary, debrief with attorney development professionals, and provide individual feedback for each participant.
How can we monitor participants from our firm throughout the Program?
Law firm attorney development professionals and partners have access to The Fullbridge Program site throughout the duration of the program. In addition to the information provided by Fullbridge, firms often arrange lunches and informal gatherings with participants to discuss their progress in the program.
To ensure open communication between attorney and Coach, and to maintain a safe learning environment, Fullbridge recommends the firm neither have nor request access to participants’ individual work, including all individual assignments and Coach feedback.
How much can or should management of law firm be involved?
While the Program delivery requires minimal law firm involvement, participation by partners and senior management remains critical. Key individuals introduce Fullbridge on the first day of each Program, setting law firm expectations, and attend the graduation and final team presentations on the final day of the Program. In addition, law firms may opt to include custom video interviews of their own partners for a one-of-a-kind educational experience tailored to your firm and its culture.
What technology do participants use over the course of the Program?
The Fullbridge curriculum and related content are delivered virtually through a secure password-protected web-based platform. Participants interact with Fullbridge Coaches and their teammates via web-based collaboration tools, email, and phone. Participants will post all of their assignments and outputs onto Fullbridge’s closed online community. The Fullbridge Program’s user-centric website is intuitively designed to promote ease of use for even the most technologically challenged participant. In addition, Participants receive a full technical orientation at the beginning of the Program to develop comfort with all technology.
Are participant and firm information confidential?
Yes. The Fullbridge Program site is only available to authorized users, is password-protected, and is accessible over a secure connection.