Q: Is the profession doing anything to help law students graduate ready to hit the ground running in the profession…assuming they have a job?
A: Some states do have bridge-the-gap programs. But I agree with you, there needs to be more done. That is why I am bringing together nine of my colleague career counselor/coaches at the ABA Annual Meeting this August to launch a multi-part initiative to address practice-readiness issues, mainly dealing with intangible skills that most trip up new lawyers, from knowing how to comport and communicate with confidence on arrival in the workplace to dealing with difficult personalities they will encounter to identifying and leveraging their own strengths. The first part of this session will be streamed live for those who cannot make it to San Francisco, and for an hour after the program I will be tweeting from the site as to content we covered.
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Please watch the ABA site at www.americanbar.org for additional practice-readiness programs I will be conducting for the Bar, beginning this Fall. I am also launching a pilot project in Chicago to bring practicing lawyers and law schools into a dialogue on these issues, with more details to follow on the Under Advisement, ABA, and CBA websites in the coming months.