Leaders of law firms and law schools today find them­selves relent­lessly focused on where law prac­tice is headed. If they are not building struc­tures that pre­pare aspiring pro­fes­sionals to thrive over sev­eral decades, then they are not doing their jobs. Yet such leaders must readily acknowl­edge that their own careers within the legal pro­fes­sion offered insuf­fi­cient formal training in the skills and habits needed to plan strategy for the world of 2025 and beyond. For those entering the pro­fes­sion today, this is one of many aspects of core prepa­ra­tion that absolutely must change.

As the path to pro­fes­sional suc­cess is re-​​imagined, the starting point for lawyers hoping to flourish is that they be respon­sive to client needs and sen­si­tive to public values. The ques­tion is how can new lawyers both within law schools and law firms be best trained to ensure that client con­cerns are para­mount and that an appre­ci­a­tion for the public good informs legal advice. Of course, the hall­marks of great lawyering will always remain: knowl­edge of the law, rig­orous analysis, strong lis­tening skills, and clarity of written and oral com­mu­ni­ca­tion. How­ever, more is needed to edu­cate tomorrow’s first-​​rate pro­fes­sionals. Indeed, chal­lenging and imag­i­na­tive edu­ca­tion in school and at work con­sti­tutes the best solu­tion to the cur­rent strug­gles con­fronting our pro­fes­sion and America’s law schools. Here are some ways to improve lawyer training.

 

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