Training & Professional Development

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Training and development at Kirkland includes a year-round series of formal training programs — such as mock trial exercises, lectures and presentations — as well as informal training through hands-on experience and responsibility on sophisticated client matters.

The Kirkland Institute: Practice-Specific Training

Training includes lectures, workshops and mock trials that take place as part of the nationally renowned Kirkland Institute for Trial Advocacy (KITA) — a series of programs that culminate in a full, two-day jury trial in which Kirkland partners act as judges and instructors. We also offer advanced legal writing and editing training through “Law Prose” courses taught by leading legal writing authority Bryan Garner.

The Kirkland Institute of Corporate Practice (KICP) familiarizes associates with various transactional practice areas, including private equity, mergers and acquisitions, securities, debt finance, fund formation, tax, intellectual property and real estate.

The Kirkland Institute of Restructuring Training (KIRT) offers regular sessions on restructuring, insolvency, workouts and bankruptcy. Through the Kirkland Institute of Insolvency Training (KIIT), mock trials and boardroom exercises are conducted around current restructuring topics.

The Kirkland Institute of Tax Practice (KITP) offers in-depth training sessions on a wide variety of issues relevant to transactions and controversies addressed by Kirkland’s tax practice.

Intellectual Property
All intellectual property attorneys participate in annual IP-specific litigation and transactional training. The KTECH curriculum offers training on issues in intellectual property and technology transactions.

Real Estate
Real Estate partners direct associates through weekly Kirkland Real Estate Training (KRET). The sessions range from the basics of transactions to more in-depth analysis of acquisitions and financing, to hot topics or recent developments in the field.

The above is not a comprehensive list; many specialty practice groups have their own training programs and events.

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