August 11, 2010
Legal academics and law firm leaders alike agree that new lawyers enter the practice of law lacking the real-world skills necessary to effectively serve clients. This 50-year-old topic of discussion has been made even more germane in light of the legal industry’s “new normal,” which is emerging from the recent recession. This white paper presents viewpoints and specific recommendations for implementing effective skills training from 10 lawyer development professionals at leading law firms and the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. These recommendations spell out action items for law schools, law firms and continuing legal education providers. From developing core competency frameworks to transforming formal classroom training into learning-by-doing opportunities, and blending training with knowledge management, the authors of this paper seek to catalyze a new and needed discussion around the future of legal education.
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