We know that training is one of the things you count on most from your firm. That’s why we’ve developed a curriculum to help you build practice area-specific skills. And we’ll take you off the field every couple of years for intensive business and leadership skills training with your colleagues from around the world.
When it comes to professional development, we’ve rewritten the rules. We give our associates early at bats – opportunities to take on meaningful responsibility, work directly with our clients and make a real impact early in their careers. We also replaced the lockstep structure with a merit-based advancement model that gives you flexibility and support. We provide feedback, benchmarks, and clear, written advancement criteria. How quickly you advance is up to you.
Ask any of our lawyers about the best part of the day and you’ll hear about mentoring. Each of us got here because of the mentoring we were fortunate enough to receive. We are committed to paying it forward. We have programs to help you develop mentor and sponsor relationships at every stage of your career.
We don't think about having mentors and mentees. We approach this as having mentoring relationships. That means it goes both ways.
– Tony Kim, Antitrust, Washington, DC
We don't believe that competitive pressure brings out the best in somebody. We think that facilitating performance through kindness and positive mentoring on an on-going basis really makes it the best possible environment.
– Mark Wine, IP, Orange County
I'm always excited when there are new lawyers that are coming in, as it's a learning opportunity for them and also for me. I certainly try to include them on my teams not just because I want to make sure that they are well trained, but frankly, because I view them as an asset.
– Christina Sarchio, Commercial Litigation, Washington, DC
We believe the one-size-fits-all approach to legal careers is outdated. It’s your career, it should be personalized for you. So, we offer you options to chart your own course in terms of when and where you work. And all of these options keep you on track for partnership consideration.
We call it Agile Working.