Learning does not stop when you start your career at K&L Gates. In fact, it is just starting. We are committed to your ongoing professional development so that you can achieve your greatest potential, whether you are a first-year associate or a seasoned partner.
With the help of our senior management team, we have created a comprehensive approach that cultivates, strengthens, and refines your skills for success.
Formal Professional Development Opportunities - Substantive Continuing Legal Education
We want to help our lawyers succeed, whether you are 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 associates. More senior lawyers are provided with relevant and timely opportunities to sharpen the necessary skills for continued advancement. Programming focuses on substantive areas of law including corporate, litigation and dispute resolution, intellectual property, financial services, policy and regulatory, real estate, and ethics and professionalism. Through our live local programs and firmwide videoconferences, we showcase the talent, diversity, and experience of our lawyers across the globe. And in the United States because K&L Gates is an accredited CLE provider in several states, you may satisfy the requirements of mandatory CLE jurisdictions through our extensive schedule of in-house training programs.
High-Impact Experiential Programming and Whole Person Development
We believe in developing the whole person and training beyond substantive legal skills. We are thrilled to offer impactful, experiential workshop programming on subjects including presentation skills and developing your executive presence, business development, advanced legal writing, trial skills and advocacy, managing your practice and lawyering skills, and so much more. Examples of these programs include:
- Business Development Science Fair
A unique, creative, and fun way for associates to present innovative business development ideas in a “science fair” format with the goal of enhancing partner interaction and idea-sharing, showcasing creative ways to develop business and provide a new perspective on business development.
A business development and entrepreneurship program in which lawyers form “Mastermind Groups” to help achieve their highest business development and career goals by way of tangible, measured steps.
A program developed to orient associates to business and financial concepts in an engaging and immersive way, and help them understand the goals and concerns of clients and how associates can add value.
- Pitch Perfect
A real-world pitch scenario program that is designed to train associates in best practices when tasked with participating in a pitch team. Associates will have a finite amount of time to prepare to pitch themselves, their team, their colleagues, and the firm more globally to a prospective client.
- TED[style] Talks
A multisession experiential program that includes interactive lectures and individual and small group presentations to help associates hone their communication and executive presence skills.
Our Professional Development team is continuously developing new and innovative programming to ensure our lawyers receive the training they need when they need it.
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.
It is essential to build long-term relationships among our lawyers—that is why mentoring at K&L Gates is so important. The firm’s seasoned lawyers are proud to work with associates to convey our culture, work ethic, and values. They serve as valuable resources to help you transform your academic training into a rewarding and stimulating legal career.
Mentors will provide:
- Guidance on work assignments and workload
- Help with developing a professional network
- Guidance on managing clients to build a successful practice
- Assistance in selecting the right training and CLE opportunities
- Counsel on your career and work/life balance
- Advice on navigating firm culture
- Tips on collaborating with partners and support staff
Lateral Integration Program
If you join us as a lateral associate, you will be assigned to a Lateral Integration Team, which includes a partner advisor, peer advisor, and an HR advisor. This team will help design and implement a structured onboarding and orientation, facilitate regular interaction with practice group members and office leadership, and provide guidance on navigating the myriad of firm resources available.
Continuing Legal Education and Compliance
We make it easy to stay in compliance with your continuing legal education (CLE) requirements—covering expenses, assisting with registration, and monitoring earned credits. 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, firm 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. The K&L Gates HUB, available to anyone, anywhere, is an online industry resource that includes programming and continuing education to clients and industry professionals organized by sectors and subjects rather than practice areas.
Evaluation and Feedback
You will receive all types of informal and formal feedback throughout your career, regardless of your experience level. Associates can expect annual performance reviews with a focus on identifying strengths, weaknesses, and areas for continued development.
Several other activities can contribute to your professional development, including publishing, lecturing, participating in bar association activities, and serving in adjunct capacities at local law schools. You will find we strongly encourage and support participation in these types of activities.