"Changing Markets Create Opportunities: Emphasizing the Competencies Legal Employers Use in Hiring New Lawyers (Including Professional Formation/Professionalism)" Free Download
South Carolina Law Review, Vol. 65, 2014, Forthcoming
U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 14-13

NEIL W. HAMILTON, University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota)

To guide legal educators and law students in responding to challenging markets both for entry-level employment and for applications to law schools, this article analyzes empirical research on the competencies that legal employers, the profession itself, and clients are looking for in a new lawyer. The article advances the proposition that law schools can build on an existing strength of helping each student develop knowledge of doctrinal law, legal analysis, legal research, legal writing and oral advocacy to do better at helping each student develop additional important competencies (and have evidence of those competencies) that legal employers, the profession, and clients and value, particularly the professional formation (professionalism) competencies.

The article also helps each student understand the importance of developing transferable skills (or competencies) that equip the student to respond over a career to changing markets for legal services. An overall theme for both legal educators and law students is to view these changing markets as opportunities to grow in new directions and thus to differentiate from competitors.

"Beyond the No-Contact Rule: Ex Parte Contact by Lawyers with Nonclients" Free Download
Tulane Law Review, Vol. 87, No. 1197, 2013
Virginia Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 2014-23

GEORGE M. COHEN, University of Virginia School of Law

The ethics rules governing lawyers include a number of rules banning contact between lawyers and nonclients. These “no-contact� rules are rarely studied as a group. This Article examines and compares four no-contact provisions contained in the ethics rules. Although protecting vulnerable nonclients from lawyer overreaching plays an important role in justifying these rules, the rules also often aim to protect absent lawyers or clients as much as the contacted parties. This alternative purpose may better explain some features of the no-contact rules.

"The Attorney-Client Relationship in the Age of Technology" Free Download
Mississippi Law Journal, Vol. 32, No. 2, 2013

GRACE M. GIESEL, University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Advances in technology have greatly increased the ways a lawyer might interact with clients and potential clients. These advances have multiplied the avenues of communication. For example, lawyers of today can communicate by email with clients or potential clients and also have all the possibilities the internet offers for communicating in writing, pictures or video. Advances in technology also have made it possible for lawyers and potential clients to interact virtually. For example, a lawyer might have a website upon which a potential client might access a questionnaire. The potential client, without the actual knowledge of the attorney responsible for the website, but with the attorney's general knowledge of the website and questionnaire, might respond to the questionnaire by disclosing all sorts of information.


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