Thompson & Knight is wholly committed to providing our attorneys with the support, tools, training, and guidance they need to succeed. We appreciate that our attorneys’ training and development is critical to our long-term success.
The Firm “really invests in its young associates, via training and both formal and informal mentorships.” – Chambers Associate 2018
Received top national rankings for Substantive Work; Informal Training, Mentoring & Sponsorship; and Career Outlook in Vault’s “2019 Best Law Firms to Work For”
“One thing that sets Thompson & Knight apart is its investment in attorneys. The Firm really believes in preparing its younger attorneys to become leaders in the Firm and strives to help associates develop their practices and the skills necessary to build lasting careers. I’ve been provided with amazing opportunities to further develop my hard and soft skills as a lawyer, from serving as a “lawyer on loan,” to trying cases on behalf of local municipalities, to participating in professional development training programs such as the LCLD Pathfinder program.”
The Firm’s Attorney Development Team is comprised of leaders across offices and departments, including Chief Development Officer Marcie Davis and Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer Nichole Dotson-Olajuwon. The team focuses on facilitating integration of new attorneys into the Firm and developing and implementing successful training and mentorship programs.
During their first week at Thompson & Knight, new Associates and laterals attend an orientation that includes practice-specific training and meetings with Firm personnel on practice management, marketing and business development, technology, and more. Each Associate is assigned a Partner mentor, and additional mentorship opportunities are available through the Firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and Women’s Initiative Program. Thompson & Knight’s litigation and transactional Practice Managers focus on coordinating with Associates and Partners on the assignment of work projects and further integration of new attorneys into the Firm and their practice groups.
Thompson & Knight provides monthly programs and boot camps that not only help fulfill state bar continuing education requirements, but include intensive, skills-based transactional and litigation training tailored to specific areas of practice and levels of experience. The Firm also provides individual business development coaching and ongoing programs for all attorneys on business development tools for success, such as developing a niche practice, social media, speaking and writing opportunities, interacting with the media, client service, and more.
Because Associates’ needs change from year to year, so does the training we offer. Thompson & Knight provides ongoing and systematic training and guidance throughout each stage of an Associate’s career. We provide customized training for entry-level, mid-level, and senior Associates to help them develop skills that will make them a successful Partner. Our goal is to facilitate growth at every level to enable each Associate to reach his/her full potential.
The Firm’s annual TK Trial Academy provides Associates and Summer Associates the opportunity to sharpen their litigation skills through a day-long mock trial.
Students from SMU Dedman School of Law and UNT Dallas College of Law, as well as other community members, act as witnesses for each trial, and Firm employees solicit family members and friends to serve as jurors. Our Associates, as well as Summer Associates rotating through an advocacy practice group, act as attorneys, and the Firm’s Partners act as mentors and judges.
The TK Trial Academy, which takes place in Dallas County courtrooms, is as close to a real trial as possible, and the feedback from the judges, mentors, and jury members is immediate and invaluable. In addition to educating our junior attorneys, this hands-on experience provides participating Summer Associates with insights into a career in one of the Firm’s advocacy practice groups.