Encouraging Each Student's Personal Responsibility for Core Competencies Including Professionalism
Neil W. Hamilton
University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota)
University of St. Thomas; Cultural Dynamics Consulting
Jerome M. Organ
University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)
October 21, 2012
The Professional Lawyer, Forthcoming
The market for entry-level positions in law firms is changing as competitive market pressures drive a “new normal” for law firms, and law schools must respond to meet students’ educational needs in this “new normal” market. A high percentage of law firms are rethinking their business models and adopting proactive talent management strategies like competency models to respond to competitive market pressures. One core competency in these models that influences all the other competencies is an internalized commitment to self-development toward both excellence in all competencies and active initiative in exercising all of them. This paper focuses on how legal education can foster each student’s internalized commitment to self-development toward excellence and initiative.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 18
Keywords: law firms, lawyer, competency, self-development, student development, self-directed learning, talent management
Date posted: October 25, 2012
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