Reed Smith University

Reed Smith University (RSU) is the educational arm of Reed Smith. Launched in 2004 in partnership with The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, RSU was the first of its kind: A comprehensive, continuous learning organization created and maintained by a major international law firm. Now, RSU offers hundreds of classes each year to support lawyers, clients and staff. These courses range widely across the legal and business landscape, enabling Reed Smith personnel to become better lawyers, better managers, or better staff members.

Reed Smith University is comprised of five “schools”:

Through its alignment with the firm’s CareeRS program, RSU helps Reed Smith’s lawyers and staff members gain the knowledge, skills and capabilities – i.e., the competencies – they need to succeed in their jobs. RSU’s competency-based core curriculum for lawyers combines substantive legal and skills-training with courses designed to develop business-savvy and client-focused associates and partners who can effectively lead and manage our clients’ matters.

Reed Smith University opens up many of its in-house substantive legal programs to clients – to attend at a nearby Reed Smith office or even in the clients’ own offices by video- or audio-conference. Depending on the applicable continuing education rules, many of those courses qualify for CLE or CPD credit in locations where Reed Smith has offices and in other jurisdictions. RSU can also provide specially tailored training at client offices, for both in-house lawyers and company personnel, again for CLE or CPD credit where available.  Some of the areas in which training may be available include:

  • Advertising / Media / Social Media
  • Antitrust / Competition (UK/EU)
  • Anti-Money Laundering (UK) 
  • Asset Management & Compliance
  • Banking & Consumer Finance 
  •  Bankruptcy / Insolvency
  • Class Actions
  • China, India & the Middle East 
  • Corporate Formation & Governance 
  • Corporate / Finance
  • Corporate / Securities / SEC Filings 
  • E-Discovery / Records Management & Retention 
  • Environmental
  • ERISA / Pensions 
  • Experts 
  • Insurance Recovery 
  • IP / Technology 
  • International Trade 
  • Investment - Lending / Commercial Real Estate / Derivatives 
  • Labor & Employment / Benefits / Human Resources 
  •  Life Sciences / Health Care
  • Litigation 
  • M&A / Transactional Work 
  • Privacy / Data Security 
  • Product Liability 
  • Real Estate 
  • Regulatory Compliance 
  • Tax 
  • UK & EU Competition Law 


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