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THE PROS AND CONS OF IN-HOUSE TRAINING

For all law firms, regular legal training is not only an important way of getting ahead, it’s also essential for keeping up with ongoing developments in law and for keeping your team sharp. But should you send your legal staff away to do it, or is it better when done in house?

In-house Versus External Legal Training

There are in fact relatively few drawbacks to having your legal training done in-house. The main con which may affect some businesses is the feasibility of having in-house legal training – some smaller firms may physically lack the space in which to hold the training. Of course in such instances it may be possible to hire a local venue to host the training.

When it comes to the pros column however, the list is considerably longer. One of the chief benefits of in-house legal training is the often greatly reduced cost when compared to training that takes place in an external centre, potentially on the other side of the country.

So why is in-house training so much more affordable? Firstly, because your employees are only attending their normal place of work, so there are no additional travel expenses to pay out. If you’re training a large number of employees, these savings can be considerable. Likewise, there are no additional expenses to pay for accommodation and other items, as may have been the case if training was taking place some distance away. These savings are important reasons to consider bringing your training in-house, but they are not the only reasons.

A More Efficient Way Of Training?

As well as money, in-house legal training can save substantial amounts of time. No additional travel means that training can start earlier and finish earlier, making it a far less disruptive option. Where training in an external centre might mean losing an entire day or more of productivity, in-house legal training enables your team to stay on top of their work-load and answer any queries that may come in. If your training session only lasts for half a day, the other half of the day can be as productive as usual.

Another important consideration is the way people learn. While some people may enjoy the prospect of travelling to somewhere new to undertake their training, for others it can be a stressful experience which actually distracts them from what they are supposed to be learning. In a familiar and comfortable environment, both groups should be able to perform to the best of their abilities and get the most out of the training.

With so many cost-saving benefits and productivity perks, a growing number of law firms are turning to in-house legal training. Particularly in light of the uncertain economic climate, going in-house offers a way for companies that are wary of costs to continue training. In a competitive market it also provides a way to sharpen and expand your team’s skills without any appreciable loss in productivity. In fact, with the potential to provide a morale boost to your staff, in-house legal training may even increase productivity.

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