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 award-winning, nationally ranked professional development program.

Practice group training:

350+ live, substantive practice group subject-matter training sessions each year.

Attorney Career Enrichment Series (ACES):

Associates and income partners participate in programs and conversations built to strengthen their non-substantive legal skills. Topics include feedback, management, writing, presentation skills, business development, and understanding the business of law.

Interactive programs:

Participate in world-class practice specific programs allowing lawyers the space to refine their skills.


McDermott was the first large law firm to offer billable equivalent credit to associates for mindfulness activities, and the wellness initiative has since expanded to include substantive trainings, guided meditations and stretches, and programming for the industry wide Well-Being in Law Week.

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 billable equivalent hours.