Regular training is vital for the well-being of any law firm, and having it conducted in-house is an efficient and cost-effective way of satisfying that need. But in order to get the most value out of your in-house training and ensure that you get the most benefit out of it, it’s important to know beforehand exactly what it is that you actually want to achieve, and what you want your in-house training to deliver.

Understanding your needs

In order to know what your firm needs in regards to training at any given time, you need to understand where its strengths and weaknesses lie. As well as looking at recent and past performance, you may want to take note of any areas which have undergone substantial change or expansion recently. Talking with senior staff privately or in a group meeting scenario may be helpful for identifying areas where additional legal training may be needed.

Once you’ve got a good handle on where the firm is currently and what can be done to improve it or maintain its edge, you can settle on some specific aims and goals that you wish to achieve through your training programme. Doing so will not only provide a much needed focus for your organisation’s legal training efforts, but it will also make it possible to monitor how effective the training has been, and whether any more is needed to achieve those goals.

What those goals or aims are will depend largely on your firm’s own specialities, intricacies, and any organisational changes that are in progress or impending. What’s important is that they are concrete, well defined and measurable, so that you can then act on them. For example, your goal might be to increase your firm’s success rate across the board, so you organise a broad range of legal training refresher courses for your entire legal team.

Or maybe your aim is more specific, and you want a small group of employees to be trained to a high standard in personal injury law, so you focus your investment on personal injury training just for those few solicitors. Or if there’s a particular area in which you feel the firm is currently underperforming, you might target that in particular with a series of training courses, while at the same time establishing certain parameters to measure the success of the training.

Choosing the right training provider

Once you’ve figured out and established your training goals, you’ll be in a much better position to choose a training provider that will best help you achieve those goals. In addition to this, you’ll be better able to then communicate to the trainers what exactly you want to achieve through your in-house training. By disclosing to them what you have learned from your preliminary fact-finding, along with other pertinent information, they can gain a better idea of your organisation and its needs, and so customise their training approach accordingly.

Most importantly though, by researching and setting out specific goals and training aims from the off, you can help ensure that you get out of the training exactly what you need.

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