Our practice groups and departments hold periodic meetings to cover new legal developments and topics of general interest. We support also our attorneys' efforts to participate in independent CLE programs.
Training ProgramsNew attorneys receive training in general skills as well as specialized training in issues specific to their practice area. For example, business attorneys participate in training sessions on specific topics, including business financing, licensing and leasing transactions, bankruptcy and legal opinions, and litigation attorneys participate in training sessions on topics including pleadings, discovery, alternate dispute resolution and depositions, trial preparation and oral argument. Additional training sessions cover topics of general interest, including professional responsibility and legal research.
We have a comprehensive training program for counsel attorneys. This program focuses on the skills and development needs of attorneys who have been practicing for six or more years. This training includes general topics, such as business development, project management, delegation of work and the supervision of others, as well as training focused on specific practice areas.
The majority of our in-house training sessions qualify for continuing legal education (CLE) credit.
CLE Affiliations and SupportPerkins Coie provides many avenues for our attorneys to continue their substantive legal education while also satisfying state bar credit requirements. Every local office has its own programs and state-specific trainings. Additionally, there are firmwide practice group trainings, workshops and retreats.
The Attorney Development Department provides access to both WestLegalEdCenter (WLEC) and Practising Law Institute (PLI) CLEs. PLI and WLEC have live teleconferences, and thousands of hours of pre-recorded events. Perkins Coie attorneys may also attend any of PLI’s live CLEs in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. Content partners of PLI and WLEC include ABA, NBI and the Seminar Group, to name just a few. With appropriate approval, our attorneys attend nationwide and local association meetings, CLEs and trainings.
Every office has a CLE coordinator who is the local expert on that state’s CLE rules. In addition to friendly reminders, CLE coordinators have access to automated programs that track credits and help our attorneys stay up to date with CLE requirements.