At Katten we believe that your growth and development is paramount to your success, and we’re committed to helping you achieve your greatest potential. Professional development is a collaborative effort between you, our lawyers, firm management and the Attorney Development team. We provide you with numerous opportunities for growth and development beginning on your first day and continuing throughout your Katten career.
Learning & Professional Development
Katten’s learning and professional development programs are designed to help you to (1) understand clients’ industries, challenges and needs; (2) develop a legal expertise that enables you to add value and solve complex problems; (3) gain the business acumen to build, manage and grow a thriving practice; and (4) establish interpersonal skills to cultivate and maintain strong relationships and provide exceptional client service.
We offer over numerous substantive in-house training programs in each department firm-wide, the majority of which provide continuing legal education (CLE) credit. Associates may supplement our in-house training programs with programs offered by outside providers including Practicing Law Institute (PLI) and Strafford.
Our level-specific training curricula also covers essential professional skills, including business development, client service, communications, and persuasive writing.
Annual/biannual milestone events - Summer Associate Retreat; New Associate Orientation; Mid-Level Associate Academy; and New Income Partner Orientation – provide you with opportunities at pivotal times in your career to network and collaborate with your peers; learn from our partners and industry experts; and prepare for the next stages of your career.
Career Development & Associate Sabbatical Program
The Attorney Development Team provides individual career counselling, guidance and support to help you plan your career and achieve your goals. Associates also have access to external career coaches at their request. In addition, firm-sponsored events throughout the course of the year are designed to foster informal peer mentoring relationships and a supportive firm culture.
In an effort to address work/life issues and to reward associates for their sustained efforts, we offer the Associate Sabbatical Program. Associates who have completed five years of tenure are eligible for a four-week paid sabbatical. Numerous associates have taken advantage of this program to re-energize and recharge.
Performance Review, Feedback, & Communication
Associates are encouraged to actively seek feedback after the completion of each assignment, matter or deal. The annual and mid-year review process provide structured platforms for meaningful feedback and open dialogue regarding associates’ performance, ongoing development and career objectives. These processes are intended to be constructive, proactive mechanisms through which future growth prospects are reviewed and discussed.
Communication between associates and firm management is fostered through regular meetings of local and national Associates’ Committees. Committee members are encouraged to raise issues of concern so that local and firm-wide management are aware of the issues most important to our associate population.
London Training & Development Programmes
Our London office offers an all-encompassing approach to learning and development that enables you to unite firm’s goals as a business with your own. With milestone programmes for every stage of your career, you will find the learning experience invaluable. The curriculum includes comprehensive programmes of corporate and financing legal training, practice-specific training and skills training. Senior associates also participate in a modular leadership development programme that aims at developing and embedding skills and confidents in business development, relationship management and leadership in preparation for partnership.
In addition to the formal training curriculum, the firm offers associate development resources, including membership to MBL Seminars, 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. Associates receive formal in-person reviews once a year. In preparation for these reviews, each associate submits a personal career development plan which is designed to identify and support individual growth, and to encourage open discussion of career goals and objectives. In addition to the formal review process, our “open door” policy provides an opportunity for feedback through the work cycle and associates are encouraged to solicit feedback at the end of an assignment, case or transaction