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Encouraging Each Student's Personal Responsibility for Core Competencies Including Professionalism

The Professional Lawyer, Forthcoming

18 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2012  

Neil W. Hamilton

University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota)

Verna Monson

University of St. Thomas; Cultural Dynamics Consulting

Jerome M. Organ

University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)

Date Written: October 21, 2012

Abstract

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.

Keywords: law firms, lawyer, competency, self-development, student development, self-directed learning, talent management

Suggested Citation

Hamilton, Neil W. and Monson, Verna and Organ, Jerome M., Encouraging Each Student's Personal Responsibility for Core Competencies Including Professionalism (October 21, 2012). The Professional Lawyer, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2167055

Neil Hamilton (Contact Author)

University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota) ( email )

MSL 400, 1000 La Salle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 55403-2005
United States

Verna Monson

University of St. Thomas ( email )

Minneapolis, MN 55403
United States

Cultural Dynamics Consulting ( email )

55414
612 (Phone)

Jerome Organ

University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota) ( email )

MSL 400, 1000 La Salle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 55403-2005
United States

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