Legal Education & Development


Two things set Kirkland apart from other firms: responsibility and training. - Justin Singh, Partner


Kirkland is dedicated to providing our attorneys with an unparalleled legal education. Our innovative and comprehensive curriculum, Kirkland University (KU), provides extensive learning opportunities to equip attorneys with the skills they need to grow professionally as well as exceed client expectations. Aligned to practice group benchmarks and attorney tenure, KU delivers progressive courses in a variety of formats, from hands-on workshops to digital modules. At the root of every program is the goal of fostering excellence, empowering teams, and cultivating smart collaboration. Highlights of our learning initiatives include:

Basic Training Academy (BTA)
BTA is an immersive learning experience that supports the growth of the next generation of exceptional deal lawyers. Through practice-specific discussions and interactive breakouts led by Kirkland partners, associates learn topics such as the life cycle of a deal, project management, and business acumen.

Kirkland Institute for Trial Advocacy (KITA)
KITA is our nationally-renowned mock trial program, which serves as the culmination of Kirkland’s Litigation suite. As the largest, most comprehensive program among Big Law firms, this two-day training provides associates with a hands-on opportunity to practice critical trial skills and receive real-time feedback from Firm partners as they advance in their careers.

Kirkland Institute for Pre-Trial Practice (KIPP)
KIPP is the foundation of Litigation education at the Firm. Associates receive a learning program that is tailored to their class year, and programs increase in detail and sophistication as associates advance in their careers. Focusing on non-trial fundamentals such as legal writing, E-Discovery, public speaking and deposition training, each KIPP course is designed and delivered by senior partners, which provides expertise and exposure to the Firm’s most experienced litigators.

Practice Group Programs
Kirkland develops its attorneys by giving them substantial responsibility on sophisticated client matters, but also through extensive formal programs covering all of the Firm’s practice areas. Many practice groups, listed below, organize collaborative learnings to discuss current developments in the legal market.

  • Asset Finance & Securitization 
  • Employee Benefits 
  • Real Estate 
  • Capital Markets
  • Investment Funds
  • Restructuring
  • Debt Finance
  • Litigation
  • Tax
  • Environmental
  • IP Litigation
  • Trust & Estates
  • Executive Compensation
  • IP Technology

Kirkland Leadership & Management Training

In an industry as fast-paced and high-stakes as ours, it is critical to develop the managerial and relationship skills that enable attorneys to work as effectively as they can with colleagues and clients. Offered to attorneys of every level, Kirkland’s Leadership & Management Training provides concrete advice for enhancing these foundational skills. The courses reflect the increased managerial responsibilities attorneys face as they advance in their career. Topics range from delegation and feedback to strengthening client relationships.