Do They Teach This in Law School?

Posted by on Jul 6, 2008 in Uncategorized | 2 comments

I’m sure many of these skills – collaboration skills, emotional intelligence, financial literacy, project management, technological affinity and time management – aren’t required courses in typical law school curriculum, but I totally agree with Jordan Furlong’s post on Law 21 detailing the 6 skills lawyers should have today.

I personally think the most interesting skill noted is the need for emotional intelligence. Winning clients in the modern time is DEFINITELY going to require an ability to truly empathize with and respect clients’ positions. As a businesswoman I always prefer my service providers to understand where I’m coming from.

As for time management I’ll just repeat my favorite advice to delegate, delegate, delegate!!! (Hint, hint – consider a virtual legal assistant – we love to help!!!)

2 Comments

  1. Great post. I’ll go one better: An attorney can develop ALL of these new skills by using the ones he learned in law school: Analyzing the state of his practice, realizing his administrative situation is not what it should be, deducing that something should be done, making the prudent decision to take action and then sitting down and composing a concise email requesting the professional services of a VA.

    He/she probably won’t need to be too persuasive–I think most of us are more than ready to serve!

    Aretha Gaskin
    The Virtual Legal Assistant, Inc.
    http://www.tvlai.com

  2. Thanks for the comment Aretha! Personally I still think a lawyer needs the skills for themselves even though a virtual assistant is a great addition to their practice!

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