Wednesday, May 9, 2012
This post by Patrick J. Lamb with the ABA Journal gives some great advice for what business skills and client service is the “new normal” for lawyers, and thus skills that law students should develop.
“The profession has never grappled with the need to teach business skills to lawyers to help more develop into the elite role of trusted adviser. It seems unlikely that the profession will any more effectively grapple with the issues relevant to lawyers acting as general contractors or symphony conductors.”
The author suggests that lawyers learn the following skills:
- How to read a financial statement.
- Management risk analysis.
- Project management and process-mapping skills.