Professional Development

Our award-winning on-the-job training and small associate class sizes let you grow your skills and take on meaningful work that matters to you. Our partners give you the guidance and mentorship you need to fuel career success, integrating you into the Firm’s culture and ensuring that you thrive.

Throughout your career here, you’ll find exceptional opportunities for growth, thanks to McDermott University and our award-winning, nationally ranked professional development program. You can explore a wide, ever-growing range of topics, including:

Practice group subjects:

Choose from 300+ live, substantive training sessions each year.


Explore best practices for leadership, business and project management, feedback delivery, pricing, team building, difficult conversations and more.


Discover sleep, nutrition, stress management, the science of gratitude, and other personal wellness and engagement topics.

Core skills:

Learn more about diversity, writing, public speaking and presentations, negotiations, accounting, and how to develop a business or practice.

Experiential programs:

Participate in live, on-site mock-style programs in different practice groups, with special programs for litigation, transactions and health.

Career accelerators:

Keep your goals on track with planning tools and programs such as our annual Associate Development Plan.

Pro bono opportunities:

Provide legal and community services to those in need, with efforts viewed as equivalent to billable hours.