Transferable Skills Learned In Law School, Part 1
Lawyers learn many skills in law school including hard skills, which include the knowledge of the substantive law, and soft skills, which include analytical, managerial, and interpersonal skills. Not every law school graduate may find that he or she wants to use a law degree to practice law. Fortunately, as will be discussed in this blog in the coming year, law students learn many skills in law school that are transferable to almost any business.
The following is based on the book, “The Road Not Taken,” by Kathy Grant and Wendy Werner, the authors outline the skills obtained from the daily tasks, such as studying and briefing cases, associated with law school.
The ability to think independently
Law school encourages law students to think independently about issues and problems while developing their own, individual solutions. It’s not enough to simply answer a question but necessary to identify all pertinent issues raised by a question. Any potential employer can utilize this type of creative thinking skill.
The ability to analyze information
Law school teaches problem-solving, primarily through case briefs, Moot Court, and exams. This is another useful and valued skill for identifying business-related problems and crafting solutions.
The ability to negotiate
Students who participate in classes, seminars, and clinics that focus on negotiation, or any extracurricular activities that require negotiation, may effectively develop this ability.
The ability to counsel
This also includes the ability to establish client rapport, to listen, to reflect, to empathize, and to problem-solve. These skills are useful in any position involving contact with clients or fellow employees.
The ability to persuade
Students who participate in Moot Court competitions, as well as brief writing, have an enhanced ability to persuade. This is a necessary skill for convincing anyone of what an attorney is trying to communicate.
The ability to prepare effectively
Law school demands that law students are impeccably well-prepared for anything. This is one of an attorney’s most important attributes. Excellent preparation allows attorneys to react and respond quickly when problem-solving.
The awareness of risk
Law students learn to analyze and assess risk, which helps them recognize and be aware of the potential pitfalls involved in any situation, scenario, or circumstance. Risk awareness is very useful in creating preventive policies, products, or programs on behalf of any business.
Like traditional law schools, CDTA’s curriculum is designed to teach students the substantive law of core subject areas. Unlike traditional law schools, CDTA emphasizes training and developing students to be capable and competent advocates in any courtroom. The California Desert Trial Academy is a 21st Century law school that moves students toward a successful legal career on the first day of class. We believe that practical experience in tandem with legal knowledge is the best road to a successful, rewarding, and prosperous legal career. Call us today at (760) 342-0900 or find out more online here.