Learning & Development
Becoming a successful lawyer and building a rewarding career means developing superior legal skills — and much more. Sidley provides the training and support to help you get there.
Through a robust professional-development curriculum, you will have access to comprehensive continuing education, skills training and career-development resources. Offerings include:
- Hands-on training for summer associates
- Tailored programming for new associates
- Ongoing substantive legal training by practice area
- Workshops and one-on-one coaching on critical skills, including writing, professional presence and presentation, and business development
- Finance and accounting training
- Firmwide conferences for new associates and mid-level associates
- Career-development workshops
- Management and leadership workshops
- Skill-building pro bono matters
- Structured learning-by-observation opportunities
- Online resources, including hundreds of recorded Sidley training sessions, plus valuable external resources, such as webcasts, podcasts, annotated documents and practice notes
- A centralized repository of current in-house job openings for those looking to continue their careers beyond the firm
For the eighth consecutive year, we are the only law firm to have been named a LearningElite organization by Chief Learning Officer magazine. The LearningElite is a peer-reviewed benchmarking program that recognizes the best in learning and development among global organizations.
More than 150 years after the founding of our firm, Sidley today comprises a diverse group of legal professionals from many cultures who are dedicated to teamwork, collaboration and superior client service. Forging enduring relationships with the business community, while remaining attuned to the dynamic legal landscape, we understand and work to fulfill the needs of our global clients. We are proud to serve this varied and high-caliber group of market leaders, many of whom are pioneers in their respective industries and professions.
Leadership in Law
The firm has built a reputation for successfully representing clients on complex transactional, regulatory and litigation matters spanning a range of legal areas. From our offices in the commercial, financial and regulatory centers of the world, we harness our knowledge to provide thoughtful advice for the myriad legal and business challenges that our clients face.
Committed to Positive Change
We strongly believe in creating opportunities for people of all backgrounds by retaining and promoting outstanding lawyers who reflect the global marketplace and communities that we serve. Our dedication to achieving greater diversity and inclusivity extends beyond our firm to the legal profession as a whole. We are passionate about making a meaningful impact by fostering positive change in many ways. Through our six firmwide pro bono projects, our lawyers and staff devote more than 100,000 hours annually to pro bono work, playing a vital role in people’s lives around the world. In addition, we partner with several charitable organizations as part of our corporate responsibility program, enabling our professionals to contribute their talents to a variety of volunteer projects that benefit communities in need.
We are dedicated to making a lasting difference in people’s lives. Through our Social Responsibility Program, our professionals apply their talents to projects that benefit people in the diverse cities in which we live and work. Together with local corporate partners, we participate in a variety of projects, some of which include mentoring students and promoting literacy programs; empowering women to pursue their career goals; and supporting food pantries and shelters that serve struggling families. In dedicating ourselves to such volunteerism, we hope to foster greater compassion and collegiality in communities around the world.
Diversity & Inclusion
Sidley has long been one of the most prominent and progressive proponents of law firm diversity, creating opportunities for lawyers of all backgrounds regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical ability or beliefs. Our programs support diverse and women law students and lawyers each step of the way in their career – from law school, to the first day as a summer associate and into partnership.
Summer Associate Experience
Our summer mentors and advisers support all summer associates as they familiarize themselves with Sidley’s practice areas, culture, programs and internal operations. Diversity Committees in each office host a welcome breakfast, lunch or reception with diverse summer associates, in addition to providing opportunities to network and build bonds with lawyers in the office throughout the summer. In our larger offices, Associates Diversity Committees sponsor events, such as happy hours, where diverse summer associates and lawyers meet and connect in relaxed settings. Both committees also hold substantive programming on various diversity-related topics, either with clients or exclusively for Sidley lawyers.
Likewise, the Committee on Retention and Promotion of Women (CRPW) in each office hosts networking and social events throughout the summer, allowing women summer associates to develop connections with senior women lawyers. Women summer associates also participate in special programming that includes career-planning discussions, mentoring and networking opportunities.
We invite you to learn more about our diversity and inclusion initiatives.