Developing Skilled Lawyers is Our Top Priority
Learning doesn’t stop when you start your career at K&L Gates. In fact, it’s just starting. We’re committed to your ongoing professional development so that you can achieve your greatest potential -- whether you’re a first-year lawyer or a seasoned partner.

K&L Gates’ firm-wide Professional Development Department leads our efforts in this area. Partners, Chiefs and Directors work to create an extensive range of both programmatic and institutional professional development opportunities for lawyers in all of our offices.

Formal Professional Development Opportunities
We want to help our lawyers succeed, whether you’re just getting started in your career or have been working in the industry for some time. Law students make the transition to skilled practitioners through foundational programs designed specifically for first-year lawyers. More senior lawyers are provided with relevant and timely opportunities to sharpen the necessary skills for continued advancement.

We recognize that technical ability alone is not enough to equip our lawyers to thrive in today’s competitive legal marketplace. Thus, in addition to substantive law programs, our Legal Practice Institute offers a curriculum in each of the following areas: Client Development and Relationship Management, Practice Management, Writing and Research, Lawyering Skills, and Professionalism and Ethics.

Through our live local programs and firmwide videoconferences, we showcase the talent, diversity, and experience of our lawyers across the globe.

Informal Professional Development Opportunities
Developing your skills outside of formal programs is important too. We help foster your growth by providing high quality and diverse work assignments and giving meaningful feedback and supervision on an ongoing basis. Our senior lawyers are considered informal mentors who not only promote excellence, but demonstrate it on a daily basis by sharing work experiences and collaborating with other lawyers. These mutually beneficial relationships exist across all generations of the firm.

Training and Technology
Our Global Online Learning Center provides easy access to recordings of prior in-house training programs from any computer at any time of the day or night. Plus, we have a Privileged Membership with the Practising Law Institute (PLI), a non-profit continuing legal education organization and one of the world’s leading education providers. As PLI Privileged Members, K&L Gates lawyers are entitled to attend the majority of PLI programs for free, as well as view them via live webcasts, on-demand sessions, and downloadable MP3s.

Other Educational Initiatives
Training at K&L Gates is enhanced through a combination of mentoring and coaching, the associate review process (appraisal system), pro bono work, and participation in practice groups. All K&L Gates lawyers are exposed to multiple programs, initiatives and support systems to promote continuous professional development.