Legal Education Manager

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Wilson Sonsini is the premier legal advisor to technology, life sciences, and other growth enterprises worldwide. We represent companies at every stage of development, from entrepreneurial start-ups to multibillion-dollar global corporations, as well as the venture firms, private equity firms, and investment banks that finance and advise them. The firm has approximately 1,200 attorneys in 19 offices: 14 in the U.S., three in China, and two in Europe. Our broad spectrum of practices and entrepreneurial spirit allow our staff exceptional opportunities for professional achievement and career growth.

The Legal Education Manager will work closely with the Director of Legal Education & Development; the Chief Professional Development, Engagement & Inclusion Officer; firm management; department and practice group leadership; and the broader PD team to implement relevant, effective, and dynamic legal training programs for our litigation and regulatory departments firmwide. 

The role will support the Professional Development function, and the primary function of the role is to manage legal education training for the Litigation and Regulatory groups. Ideally this position will be based in either Palo Alto or Washington D.C., but other US office locations will be considered (Austin, Boulder, Boston, Los Angeles – Century City and Downtown, New York, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Salt Lake City, and Wilmington), and this role will have a have a hybrid work schedule. Some U.S.- based travel may be required.

​List of primary duties & responsibilities:

  • Oversee, assess, and update the Litigation department training program, including live and online courses for incoming new associates, experienced attorneys, summer associates, and other legal staff in the Litigation department.
  • Oversee, assess, and update the Regulatory department training programs (mainly the Antitrust and Privacy programs), including live and online courses for incoming new associates, experienced attorneys, summer associates, and other legal staff in the Regulatory department.
  • Work with subject matter experts to create and update course content.
  • Develop strategies to promote lateral attorney integration, including partnering with group leadership and the Career Development and Attorney Recruiting teams to create and maintain lateral attorney training resources and benchmark guides.
  • Serve as a resource to attorneys to develop and identify appropriate professional development opportunities.
  • Plan and organize all aspects of large in-person training programs, including managing the budget; managing invitations, attendee lists, and agenda; developing training content; onsite program management; and gathering, analyzing and reporting on attendee feedback.
  • In collaboration with Attorney Recruiting, create robust summer associate training opportunities for summer associates who are focused on Litigation and Regulatory practices.
  • Manage legal writing training programs and resources for attorneys firmwide.
  • Collaborate with the Pro Bono and Community Impact teams to assist with and promote training opportunities.
  • Complete and manage other professional development projects across the firm, as needed.
  • Supervise Professional Development assistants and give feedback to support their development and progress.


  • A J.D. degree is preferred, though candidates with an equivalent combination of education, training, and other relevant experience will be considered.
  • Experience practicing as an attorney is preferred, preferably in a large firm environment.
  • Experience in the litigation or regulatory spaces is preferred but not required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to confidently work and build trust with people at all levels of seniority and make well-considered proposals.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly and effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated ability to project manage, meeting deadlines and providing high-quality deliverables for multiple, simultaneous projects.
  • Experience in the design and execution of adult education is preferred.
  • Experience with technology-based training is also preferred.
  • Experience delivering professional skills training is a plus but not required.
  • Coaching experience is also a plus but not required.

The primary location for this job posting is in Palo Alto, but other locations are also listed. The actual base pay offered will depend upon a variety of factors, including but not limited to the selected candidate’s qualifications, years of relevant experience, level of education, professional certifications and licenses, and work location. The anticipated pay range for this position is as follows:

San Francisco and Silicon Valley: $131,750 – $178,250 per year

Austin, Boston, Boulder, District of Columbia, Los Angeles, New York, San Diego, Seattle, and Wilmington: $119,000 – $161,000 per year

Salt Lake City and all other locations: $105,400 – $142,600 per year

The compensation for this position may include a discretionary year-end merit bonus based on performance. We offer a highly competitive salary and benefits package.

Benefits information can be found here. Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

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