Sunday, December 1, 2013

Pay Attention to Law School Etiquette

At the Student Lawyer, G.G. Filisko warns students to attune themselves to their law school’s culture:

In law school, you’re creating relationships with faculty, administrators, and fellow students that will shape, perhaps even make or break, your career. Building these relationships is good practice for your future interactions with law office supervisors, colleagues, clients, and subordinates.

“It’s easy to learn substantive and procedural law over time,” said Robert E. Kaplan, associate dean and legal writing faculty at William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, Virginia. “It’s much more difficult to undo a negative reputation and negative perceptions others have of you.”

Here are the headings for the advice she offers:

No one likes a gunner.

Understand your school’s norms.

Give freely, take little.

Follow classroom behavior basics.

Don’t let your technology interrupt class.

Address professors and administrators professionally.

Understand the difference between smart and heavy-handed self-promotion.

Discuss jobs, law review, or grades only with your close friends.

You can read the full article here. Many of these pointers would aid faculty members joining an unfamiliar law school.


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