The Professional Development Department is responsible for devising and implementing various strategies and programs regarding recruiting, education, supervision, training initiatives, evaluation procedures, diversity, customer service, succession, leadership, and cohesiveness for attorneys both intra- and inter-offices.
Becker follows the Practice Group model whereby each Group acts as a team and is supervised by a Practice Group Leader. The Practice Groups meet regularly and offer substantive training programs, such as Becker & Poliakoff University (BPU), a 3-day intensive immersion course. Each year, firm leadership selects different skill sets to focus on and designs an agenda accordingly. The faculty includes nationally recognized legal experts who lead discussions, instruct and critique the attorneys during training exercises. Internal faculty (firm shareholders) actively participate as group leaders and provide instruction on various legal topics. Approximately 20 CLE credits are approved for this course annually. Attorneys at all levels praise the value of such training in helping hone their skills through experiential “hands-on” learning, peer review and evaluation by leading experts.