The Hard Skills

The Hard Skills

The Hard Skills

Hard skills are part of a job’s required skill set. These skills consist of the expertise necessary for an individual to successfully perform the job. They are job-specific and are acquired through formal education and training programs. Law students must learn hard skills to succeed as lawyers. In this context, this means learning the law, both substantive and procedural.

Modern law firms, like most modern employers, also seek applicants who possess important soft skills. The soft skills include interpersonal skills that facilitate coordination, teamwork, and goal achievement in the workplace. These are skills that are more difficult to quantify, and which receive minimal emphasis in many traditional law schools. Within its unique educational platform, the California Desert Trial Academy emphasizes soft skills with hard skills equally to place graduates in the best position to succeed.

Knowledge of the following legal subject areas will provide law students with the hard skills necessary to perform as lawyers.

  • Contracts
  • Torts
  • Criminal Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Evidence
  • Real Property
  • Wills & Trusts
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Business Enterprises
  • Remedies
  • Professional Responsibility

 

*If you want to be a personal injury lawyer, you must minimally know the law of torts. If you want to be a transactional lawyer, you must minimally know the law of contracts. If you want to be an estate planning attorney, you must minimally know the law of wills, trusts, and estates. If you want to be a criminal defense lawyer, you must know criminal law and the law of criminal procedure. These are a lawyer’s hard skills.

Knowledge of the following soft skills will provide law students with the skills necessary to perform as attorney-advocates.

  • negotiation skills
  • time management skills
  • writing skills
  • enterprise management skills
  • presentation skills
  • research skills
  • critical thinking skills
  • core values review
  • creative thinking skills
  • professionalism
  • appearance and grooming skills
  • ethics and professional conduct

 

At CDTA, students learn both the hard and soft skills necessary to be extraordinary attorney-advocates. The CDTA emphasizes soft skills as an important component of achieving academic and professional goals. Call us today at (760) 342-0900 or find out more online here.