Character and Fitness for Leadership: Learning Interpersonal Skills

25 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2018

Date Written: 2018


The Bar admission requirement of “character and fitness” can also be an aspirational goal to help provide a rationale for leadership education in law school. Moreover, as interpersonal skills are an important part of leadership learning, it is helpful for law students to learn how to pay better attention to other people, be aware of their and others’ strengths, and understand and acknowledge concerns that they and others have for appreciation, affiliation, autonomy, status and a meaningful role. This article offers guidance on how those interpersonal skills might be taught, drawing on the author’s own law school leadership course.

Suggested Citation

Baker, R. Lisle, Character and Fitness for Leadership: Learning Interpersonal Skills (2018). Santa Clara Law Review, Vol. 58, Forthcoming, Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 18-24, Available at SSRN:

R. Lisle Baker (Contact Author)

Suffolk University Law School ( email )

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