Encouraging Each Student's Personal Responsibility for Core Competencies Including Professionalism
The Professional Lawyer, Forthcoming
18 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2012
Date Written: October 21, 2012
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
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