Wednesday, May 9, 2012

The “New Normal” for Lawyers – “Be Like a Symphony Conductor”

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.


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As I commented at a faculty meeting when this issue came up, perhaps business school should be a prerequisite for law school. Seriously, law schools need to get messages to undergraduates, especially early in their undergraduate education, that explain the value of certain courses and majors and the detriments of others.

Posted by: Jim Maule | May 10, 2012 9:24:19 AM

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