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Practice Skills Training

Besides on-the-job training, you’ll have plenty of formal training, from mock trials and deposition training to negotiation tips and tactics. Some of our most experienced partners helped develop our practice benchmarks and practice-focused training programs. Our associates also play an important role in steering our training curriculum.

Milestone trainings

The right training at the right time is the key to your long-term success. Our programs are strategically designed to guide important transitions in your career. Like all training at the firm, these programs are built around our four Core Competencies.

Joining the firm—from “I” to “We”

New associates spend their first week at the firm learning about their offices and practices, as well as the Core Competencies. You’ll learn goal-setting basics and take ownership of your career path from day one. Early training will also focus on critical business skills such as oral and written communication, time management and client service. Formal training programs will go on throughout the year.

Clear Expectations for New Counsel

Associates who are on partnership track may be promoted to counsel in their sixth year of practice. Counsel receive a higher level of responsibility on matters and an increased role with clients.

In early spring each year, newly promoted counsel from around the globe gather for a two-and-a half day orientation to their new responsibilities. You’ll receive communication skills training with an emphasis on leading teams and giving feedback, as well as business development training. We will give you the tools to help you grow and develop your professional network and reputation.

Lateral Lawyers Need More Than a Map and a Flashlight

We want new lateral attorneys to feel at home right from the start. The lateral orientation process focuses on integrating you into the firm as fast as possible. It helps connect you with individuals invested in your success and aligns the resources you need to be successful at Akin Gump. This includes pairing you with a Lateral Ambassador, who can answer all of your questions from where to find the best coffee, to how to get involved in office committees. Our commitment to lateral support and integration begins your first week and extends throughout your career.