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Students - First Year Training

First Year Curriculum

Our training curriculum picks up where law school, summer positions, legal clinics and clerkships leave off.

The Building Blocks

All new lawyers participate in a multi-day orientation program designed to provide you with the tools you need to transition from law school to law practice. This orientation provides a valuable opportunity to get to know your peers and the firm and to get up to speed on everything you need to know to jump into practice.

Digging Deeper

Our professional development program doesn’t end with the basics. We offer in-depth courses for lawyers at all levels, in all practice areas. It’s easy to learn advanced practice skills, explore a special interest or earn Continuing Legal Education credits. Courses are designed to support the core competency framework and benchmarks established by each practice group. Training at Akin Gump is reinforced by a culture of learning, with partners and counsel who are not just willing, but eager, to make sure you are headed in the right direction.

Business Development

Associates and counsel are given an individual budget to use for business development efforts. We encourage you to find ways to grow your business development skills at every level; you may draft a blog post, co-author an article, or entertain a client or potential client. We also offer business development training for associates and counsel. The training is tailored to provide a step-by-step, year-by-year process around business development, with fundamentals and guidance to get you started and grow your skills as your career progresses.