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September 18, 2014

On lawyer competencies

by Dan Rodriguez

Building on the “specialization” posts I referenced recently, another interesting post by Prof. Campbell of Peking Law.  How can I not agree with his analysis when he references Northwestern Law’s admissions process in particular?

I certainly associate myself with his observations about the role and pertinence of these key lawyer competencies.  Where I might quibble just a bit in his observation, referencing NYU in particular (although he might as well have referenced other law schools, including ours), that there is limited value added by the work within law school to develop these competencies.  I do believe there is more value that meets the eye.  Emphasis on developing business skills is growing and I think that is a fruitful development indeed.

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