2018 McGuireWoods

“The firm regularly hosts associate-focused professional development events that provide an excellent opportunity for associates from different offices and practice groups to meet, learn each other’s experience and make new friends. Working with clients, you realize they need legal or local court experience besides your own, and attending these professional development events allows you to connect clients with the right people at the firm to service their needs. The firm promotes internal marketing and celebrates the camaraderie formed at these events. Collegiality and professional development really matter here.”


McGuireWoods is a firm built on innovation and excellence, and we maintain our edge through professional development and continuous learning. We invest in the firm’s greatest asset — our people.

Here is a sampling of our many professional development opportunities.


  • Supervising Attorney Professional Development Program
  • Diverse Associates Leadership Program
  • Women’s Leadership Development Forum
  • Elevated Partner Leadership Forum
  • Monthly CHRO roundtable and annual managers forum for leaders who are business professionals


  • Over 100 locally hosted CLE programs annually for lawyers and clients
  • Access to PLI (Practising Law Institute) CLE content


  • Associate curriculum featuring ongoing programming on leadership, business development, client service and the business of law  
  • Annual Trial Advocacy Academy hosted by the firm’s top trial lawyers
  • Midlevel Associate Forum, an in-person, biannual training program for fourth- and fifth-year associates that supports success while providing peer-to-peer learning and networking opportunities
  • Senior Associate Forum (launching in 2025), an in-person, biannual training program for seventh- and eighth-year associates offering peer-to-peer learning and networking opportunities that support success as they prepare to enter the next stage of their careers
  • Junior Associate Program, a curriculum of remote training for second- and third-year associates
  • Department-led training for practice-specific topics
  • Fall associates orientation
  • Associates retreat
  • One-on-one technical training and ongoing support
  • Training programs on generative AI


  • First-year associates mentorship program with formal assignments
  • Culture of ongoing mentorship


  • Designated hours for pro bono work
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“I think it’s wonderful that the firm is providing this training and investing in our associates by making sure they have effective and supportive mentors. To me, it shows that we not only talk about having a great culture, but are taking active steps to demonstrate commitment to our firm values.”
— Participant in Supervising Attorney Professional Development Program