Hogan Lovells’ Lawyer Development Framework provides associates with a compass to navigate success at each stage of their careers.
The framework focuses on 11 key skills in three core areas: legal knowledge and communication, client and leadership skills, and drive for excellence. Over the course of their careers, associates gain training and development in specific skill areas such as oral and written communication, legal analysis, mastery of substantive and procedural law, and team effectiveness and leadership. In addition, at key points in their careers, associates gain skills in dealing with clients, building a business development platform, and improving their own personal effectiveness.
The associate curriculum includes intensive multi-day skills courses which are offered to junior, mid-level, and senior associates at various points in their careers. Training techniques include coaching, simulations, case studies, lectures, and discussions. These programs provide a chance for associates to learn by doing while receiving individual feedback from outside industry experts and Hogan Lovells partners. In addition to the intensive skills training, each practice area offers on-going substantive legal topics taught by in-house experts. These programs are offered over the course of associates’ careers to correspond with the type of work they are doing. At the office level, training partners lead quarterly training on substantive areas of the law to meet the local needs that supplement the firmwide training.
In addition to the formal training curriculum, the firm offers other associate development resources, including a firmwide membership to Practicing Law Institute, which includes more than 100 online courses across an array of topics; external conference attendance; and associate and partner mentors who provide guidance and assist with integration into the firm and practice area.