Friday, July 15, 2016

John Marshall Prioritizes Training in “Soft Skills”

From John Marshall (Chicago) (excerpts):

Tracking national trends over the last decade, John Marshall’s Career Services Office recognized that recent law school graduates entering the job market require the professional “soft skills,” or personal skills, necessary to succeed in their careers. In response, John Marshall’s Career Services Office created professional soft-skills development workshops to augment its already expansive lineup of career preparation programing.

First piloted in the spring of 2015, the Professional Development Series was created with two primary goals: to provide students with an interactive and substantive introduction to legal professionalism and job search topics essential to career success and to encourage students to develop and maintain a strong one-on-one relationship with their career counselors to maximize the potential success of their job searches. Due to early success, the series was expanded for the 2015-2016 year to ensure all first-semester law students receive the professional development lessons.

Initially available solely to first-year, second-semester students, the Professional Development workshops were administered by career advisors as part of John Marshall’s Lawyering Skills and Expert Learning programs. The workshops offered interactive and reflective exercises, including videos, small-group discussions and role playing scenarios on personal branding, networking, informational interviewing, elevator pitches, professionalism and communication in the workplace.

You can read more here.

Creating and even mandating professional skills programs seems to be a trend. At my shop, the required credit-bearing program runs during all three years of law school.


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