If Med Schools Look at More Than Grades, Why Shouldn’t Law Schools and Law Firms?


Yesterday I posted a blog What is a Collaborative Law Firm and...Does It Matter? and linked to HBR blog posts suggesting that great people are overrated. At the end I mentioned I would write today about how law firms can determine whether a student or lateral will become a great lawyer.

After Bill Taylor wrote his controversial Great People are Overrated, he wrote How Do You Know a Great Person When You See One? In that post he referenced a New York Times article describing how the medical school at my alma mater, Virginia Tech, screens applicants.

As you will see, they conduct "speed" interviews to determine whether applicants have people skills, how well they think on their feet and how well they work in teams. Aren't those the same skills law firms should determine when hiring first year lawyers and laterals?

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