Bet Your Law Firm is Not Teaching This Essential Skill


I have written that law school teaches students to think like a lawyer, but it does not teach students to think like a client. Unfortunately, young lawyers in big firms do not regularly interact directly with clients. Law firms are not teaching their associates how to interact with clients. As a result, associates get to the point when this is an essential skill and they are not prepared for it.

If I was still the partner in charge of attorney development in a law firm, I would create scenarios of client interviews. Those could easily be created by using actual situations more senior lawyers have encountered. Senior lawyers could play the role of their client.

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