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In-House Legal Tip: 10 tips for a great in-house legal team training program

In-house legal teams must leverage knowledge based enhanced productivity strategies

3 • 21 Jun 23


Legal Ops Tip: Productivity through training


In order to pursue constant in-house legal team performance improvements  - few strategies will be more effective than cultivating a culture of continuous learning.

Indeed, in every in-house legal team audit that we conduct each year - we get consistent feedback on the importance that in-house lawyers place on getting access to the right training to drive professional development.

Yet, it would be far from an understatement to say that an inability to access the professional development remains a Top 3 reason for in-house lawyers moving on to new employers.

So, we thought it would be helpful to offers a few practical tips on how to design a powerful in-house legal team training agenda. 

10 Tips For Your Legal Team Training Agenda

Here are 10 tips to consider if you want to put together a great training session for your in-house legal team:

1. Relevance: training must relate to the work your team actually does & the future skills they will need.
2. Extract: the session must capture the entire team’s experience on the topic – this is gold dust.
3. Duration: optimal time is 60 min – but never more than 90 minutes. Ideally 40 mins of content and 20 mins of Q&A
4. Frequency: you need to be training at least once per month. This is possible!
5. Follow-Up: all training modules should utilize refresher modules to maximize training recollection.
6. Sector/Org Specific: training should cater for the nuances of your legal team – sectors, org, jurisdiction, etc.
7. Practical: the training must make you better at your job – if you don’t go back to your desk better able to do the job, then the training session was a waste.
8. Discussion: training must be delivered in a way that invokes healthy discussion – asymmetric learning can be done online.
9. Curated: allow your team to suggest the training topics – they will know what they need to perform their roles better
10. Digitized: training materials must be always digitized and added to your know-how library.

Benefits of legal team training

The benefits of an in-house legal team training program are literally too numerous to mention. However, to set the context of the above Top 10 tips, for good order, we point out the following benefits that flow naturally from internal training programs. Training programs help: 

  • Stay updated on legal changes for accurate advice.
  • Deepen expertise and develop specialized skills.
  • Identify and mitigate legal risks effectively.
  • Navigate compliance complexities and uphold ethical standards.
  • Provide strategic legal counsel aligned with organizational goals.
  • Reduce reliance on external counsel for cost efficiency.
  • Enhance efficiency and productivity with streamlined processes and tools.
  • Develop strong communication and negotiation skills for effective advocacy.
  • Unlock career advancement and growth opportunities.
  • Foster personal and professional fulfillment through continuous learning.

The case for in-house training is simply overwhelming - not least because of which the far more diversified skill set that the in-house community will need to acquire in order to thrive going forward. 

In-house counsel must rapidly develop a broader range of skills to thrive going forward. The domains where skills are required include:

  1. Legal Technical Skills
  2. Organisation Specific Skills
  3. In-House Essentials Skills
  4. Legal Operations Skills
  5. Sector Knowledge Skills
  6. Knowledge Acquisition Skills
  7. Transformation Skills
  8. Technology Skills
  9. Business Acumen
  10. Self-Ownership Skills

Obviously, mere knowledge of the law is just an entry point to being effective in an in-house role. In absolute terms, there are a lot more areas where training is required. This broader skill set is needed if you are to be a strategic & business-enabling advisor.

Being part of a team that is committed to constant training & development is the place to be. If you are not getting the training  you need, then its an obvious and natural that you consider moving to a more appropriate environment that will better serve your career progression. 

A word on CPD

Knowledge acquisition through training is not just a nice to have effective productivity strategies - it is a professional standards requirement in many jurisdictions.

In the UK legal context, CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. It refers to the ongoing education and training that legal professionals, including lawyers, barristers, and solicitors, undertake to enhance their skills, knowledge, and expertise throughout their careers. 

CPD requirements are often set by professional bodies or regulatory authorities to ensure that legal professionals stay up-to-date with changes in laws, regulations, and best practices. Similar requirements exist in most leading jurisdictions.

CPD activities may include attending seminars, workshops, conferences, completing online courses, participating in mentoring programs, and engaging in reflective practice. The aim of CPD is to support professional development, maintain high standards of practice, and promote lifelong learning within the legal profession.

All too often we hear stories from our clients of the rush for team members to meet their CPD requirements - and this may involve attending training events that are not directly aligned with the coal face training requirements needed by that in-house team.

This highlights the importance of a planned, strategic and well executed training program for your in-house team - professional certifications can be easily maintained through engaging with relevant and strategic training based initiatives that serve your specific team and team members. 

Next steps

Design your training around the principles shared in this Blog you will help you effectively use knowledge to force multiply the impact of your legal team.

If you want to experience high-quality training – feel free to access the GLS training back catalogue on the GLS Legal Operations Community platform – see here.

Don’t forget a free training session is also included in your Welcome Pack when you register for free on the GLS Legal Operations Centre – join here.


Please check out the GLS solutions and know-how resources listed on the right side of this page – they might assist your legal team with the issues explored in this Blog. 

Of course, if you would like discuss your transformation needs – please book a 30 minute FREE CONSULT WITH GLS 

In the interim, here are 7 resources and tools that may assist you as you transform the performance capabilities of your legal team:

1. GLS's Ultimate Guide to Legal Operations: download this HERE, and read it thoroughly and regularly. It is a wonderful transformation companion

2. GLS Transformation Boot Camp: for our free and hugely successful, 10 week long, email-based boot camp on how to effectively transform your legal team you can SIGN UP HERE

3. GLS Knowledge Centre: click HERE to access lots of informative and instructive white papers, blogs and training resources etc. - all focused on helping to improve your legal team's performance

4. GLS Legal Operations Community: join the GLS Legal Operations Community and collaborate with other in-house leaders as they seek to tackle many of the same performance issues that you face, click here to JOIN NOW

5. Visit GLS Connect: visit the GLS CONNECT PAGE and select the information you would like to receive from the GLS Legal Operations Community

6. GLS Legal Team Transformation Plans: mitigate the risks of transformation failure by taking a GLS TRANSFORMATION SUPPORT PLAN 

7. Register: GLS Legal Operations Centre: REGISTER HERE to access the GLS Legal Operations Centre for free and to receive more than US$20,000 worth of legal team performance resources

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