Practice Ready Lawyers Don't Just Represent Clients: Experiential Education for the Business of Law
Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law, vol. 16, 2015
17 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2016 Last revised: 14 Dec 2016
Date Written: 2015
Practice or business development is a series of actions and habit that lawyers take to improve upon their ability to deliver legal services, whether they represent clients in private firms, public interest, in-house, or government practice. It includes reflection on their identity as an attorney and how actions that they take throughout their careers will define them. A practice and business development focus helps us become the type of lawyer that clients and employers alike want - a trusted advisor who is an expert in a legal field. It also helps us become the professional we want to be.
Teaching business development in law school helps our students be better ready to enter the profession, take charge of their own destinies, and capitalize on opportunities related to their own identity. Business development in the law school curriculum prepares our students to understand and navigate these realities. This essay describes two curricular exercises for injecting practice development in the law school curriculum: the business development plan and a course blog.
Keywords: legal education, blog, professional development, business development, legal profession, lawyers, law school, legal pedagogy, experiential education
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