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Core Competencies and Benchmarks

We want you to be confident that you can do your job well at every level. The firmwide core competencies of ownership, professional excellence, service and teamwork, and client focus provide a written roadmap for you in your career and serve as the architecture of the firm’s attorney development program. Our practice area benchmarks provide further direction about how to get from point A to point B.

Our Core Competencies Drive the Way We Work

Ownership tops the list of core competencies at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP and is a defining characteristic of our culture. It is also the quality that sets us apart in how we serve our clients. Akin Gump lawyers are doggedly independent, but with a common focus on solving client problems. Whether you are a junior associate who streamlines a research project or a senior counsel who presents an innovative solution to a new problem, your proactive participation is expected and welcome.

Our attorneys work hard to remain the best in their fields. Maintaining professional excellence is a lifelong endeavor for practitioners from day one. Writing, research and communication skills programs are offered year-round via in-house courses led by partners as well as by some of the top training consultants in our industry. You are encouraged to look for ongoing opportunities to hone these critical skills and maintain the highest level of work product.

Service and teamwork along with client focus describe the way we work inside the firm and with our clients. We strive to provide the best possible service and support to our clients and colleagues by building strong relationships.

It’s a Roadmap, Not a Blueprint

The goals outlined in our core competency model are not aspirational, they are attainable. We believe that the very best way to achieve your goals is by handling actual matters and taking on bigger roles as soon as you are ready. Ideally, all of our associates will learn best by working closely with more senior lawyers on projects that are crucial to our clients. We also work to ensure that our lawyers are able to stretch their abilities in their assignments as early as possible. 

Of course, every career will be different. The core competencies will help you pave your path. You will also be encouraged to shape the direction of your own career by taking a proactive role in seeking out assignments, developing your own expertise and building your own relationships with partners at the firm.