Legal Education and Training

Our clients operate at the cutting edge of technology and innovation, and they know that when they come to Wilson Sonsini, they are working with the top legal minds at the cutting edge of law and regulation.

Our approach to professional development and legal education addresses the whole person. What do you need to succeed? What does success look like for you? How can we help you build supportive and sustained connections across practices and offices? 

From the moment you join us, our professional development team is there to support and guide you as you settle in. 

Professional Development at Every Stage of Your Career

We offer substantive legal training for all of our attorneys—from first-year associates to senior partners. We take a blended approach to training, incorporating multi-day conference-style academies, online self-directed courses, live webcasts, interactive workshops, booster training sessions, just-in-time microlearning videos and interactive eLearning modules. 

  • 100-Level Series: Introduces an overview of the firm’s practices and provides knowledge and resources needed to ensure success as a junior associate.
  • 200-Level Series: Provides mid-level associates a more in-depth understanding of key components of and strategies behind deals, matters, and cases, as well as technical points of law and practice affecting our clients.
  • 300-Level Series: Follows trending practice topics to analyze and apply learning at the senior attorney and member levels.
  • eLearning and External Content: Our on-demand learning portal provides online access to recordings of our internal classes and we offer access to the best external content available as well. Experienced attorneys are also encouraged to attend outside seminars and conferences.

Earn Billable Credit for Teaching Your Colleagues

As you advance in your career, you’ll have the opportunity to hone your presentation and leadership skills by teaching your junior colleagues. Many of our 100- and 200-level classes are created and taught by associates—and they receive billable hour credit for their efforts! Teaching these classes helps with your own legal education, and it’s a way to boost your visibility within the firm and give back to your colleagues.

Easy Compliance with MCLE Requirements

We make it easy to comply with MCLE requirements through internal training classes,, external programs (including PLI), and online compliance tracking. We also maintain a robust library of class recordings for on-demand learning (and include MCLE credit).