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Core Competencies and Benchmarks

Attorney development at Akin Gump is built around four Core Competencies. These core competencies—Ownership, Professional Excellence, Service and Teamwork, and Client Focus—provide a roadmap for your career. Specific practice area benchmarks provide further direction about how to get from point A to point B.

Ownership tops our list of core competencies and is a defining characteristic of our culture. Akin Gump lawyers are doggedly independent but with a common focus on solving client problems. Whether you are a second=year associate who streamlines a research project or a senior counsel who presents an innovative solution to a regulatory challenge, your ideas and views are welcomed.

Maintaining Professional Excellence is a lifelong endeavor for our lawyers from day one. We encourage you to hone critical professional skills along with a constant focus on excellence in your work product.

Service and Teamwork along with Client Focus describe how we work. We are dedicated to our clients and put their interests first at all times working collaboratively to achieve their goals. We strive to be exceptional listeners, not just good communicators.