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Spring Program Offerings

The Center on Professionalism’s spring offerings begin Jan. 14 with a self-assessment program for 3Ls. The program, presented in partnership with Lawyer Metrics, reflects Penn Law’s holistic commitment to graduating lawyers who can enter today’s competitive legal marketplace with a rounded set of executive skills, traits, and behaviors, in addition to doctrinal knowledge and command of technical legal skills.


“Law firms, government agencies, corporations, and public interest employers are looking for lawyers who can hit the ground running on skills such as initiative, ownership, confidence, and communications,” said Heather Frattone, Associate Dean for Career Planning & Professionalism. “Penn Law is a leader in equipping students with the many attributes they need to succeed in today’s complex, collaborative work environments, where teamwork is prized and lawyers play leadership roles.”

In addition to the skills-assessment program, for which registration is full, COP has developed a broad menu of offerings for the spring term. These include:

Full Program Descriptions& Registration Information

Self-Assessment Program for 3Ls with Lawyer Metrics

Jan. 14 | Registration is full

Today’s ultra-competitive legal climate requires that each new lawyer enter the market place equipped with certain critical skills, traits, and behaviors beyond just the traditional technical legal skills. Law firms, government agencies, corporations, and public interest employers are looking for lawyers who can hit the ground running on skills such as initiative, ownership, confidence, and communications. Many of these skills can be measured through the use of skills assessment tools. The Center on Professionalism is thrilled to announce an exclusive opportunity for Penn Law 3L students to take a skills-assessment.   This program will be led by Caren Ulrich Stacy, President & Principal, Lawyer Metrics. Caren has 20 years of experience in lawyer recruitment, development and diversity with law firms across the country.

Spanish Language for the Legal Professional

Jan. 24 Feb. 28 from 12:00-1:10 p.m. in T-112 | Register

Please join us for this cutting-edge Spanish language intensive designed to prepare students for success as legal professionals in Spanish-speaking environments.  This program will include six sessions beginning on Thursday, January 24th through February 28th from 12:00-1:10pm in room T-112.  Our highly interactive sessions will cover:

  • Listening comprehension
  • Client development practice, including networking and relationship building in Spanish, with special focus on cultural competencies.
  • Client interviewing skills practice, customized to the students’ area of interest
  • Drafting skills
  • Presentations on a topic of choice with constructive feedback from Spanish speakers

Instruction will be provided by Domingo de Prada, a current Spanish LLM student at Penn Law.  Domingo is a Spanish Abogado, member of the Colegio de Abogados de Madrid and admitted to practice in Spain.  Please see his more complete bio, attached here.   This program is an excellent opportunity for students to increase their Spanish language competency within the specific context of the legal profession

PowerPoint  - Create a Legal Presentation

Feb. 6 from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in G-213 | Register

In this hands-on workshop, build a legal presentation slide show using PowerPoint and see how it is an effective presentation tool for the legal profession.  Specific topics will include:

  • PowerPoint Views, Designs, and Layouts
  • Create Charts
  • Use Diagrams and Drawing Tools
  • Import Excel data
  • Create Web links; Use Animation and Special Effects
  • Program Automatic Action settings
  • Customize slide show settings
  • Apply shortcuts and speed tips throughout the workshop

Workshop applicable to PC versions and PowerPoint for Mac 2011.

Excel Fundamental and Intermediate Level Excel

Feb. 8 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. in S240A | Register

This hands-on workshop covers many Fundamental and Intermediate level Excel commands illustrated with legal and business example spreadsheets.  Workshop topics will include:

  • Insert, delete, format, edit, and copy data
  • Use AutoSum and other formulas
  • Copy formulas using AutoFill and other methods
  • Learn the difference between Relative and Absolute Cell Referencing
  • Apply Fundamental and Intermediate Functions: Math, Statistical, Finance, Date
  • Use the IF function as a decision making tool
  • Create Charts to illustrate trends and graphically represent data results
  • Link and Manipulate spreadsheets
  • Export data to other Office applications (Word, PPT)
  • Manage and analyze large lists of data with Sort, Filter, and related commands
  • Learn miscellaneous Shortcuts and Speed Tips throughout the workshop

Reference materials and practice files provided for both PC and Mac.

Communicating For Impact: Power and Persuasion

Feb. 15 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. in T-112 | Register

Increasingly in organizations, all levels of employees influence and persuade within a network of relationships, relying on strategic persuasion rather than on coercion, force or sheer authority.  Effective communication is core in fostering and building these essential relationships.  In this workshop, you will explore the dimensions of power, complete a persuasion styles assessment, look at adapting styles to situations, and identify nonverbal and verbal patterns in key persuasion styles.  The workshop is focused on conceptual learning and skill-building and is designed to be highly interactive, including videotaping and feedback review.

Client Development for the Legal Professional

March 22 from 9:00-5:00 p.m. in T-345 | Register

Whether you intend to practice with a law firm, seek funding for work in a non-profit, or capitalize on your contacts when building a government career, you will want to know how to build and maintain a network of people with confidence in your skills. This program will provide students with an understanding of the practical client development, client service and leadership skills needed to thrive.

This program will focus on identifying the natural skills that we have acquired in the course of our daily lives and learning new techniques or best practices for effective client development. In addition, the session will focus on the practical application of the skills necessary for effective client development. Students will work in teams, each taking on a different client development scenario utilizing their unique combination of natural and learned skills.

Assertive Communication:  Speaking Up With Greater Confidence

March 29 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. in T-112 | Register

People hesitate to assert their viewpoints for a host of reasons; a common one is a preference for introversion – put simply, a tendency to direct one’s thoughts and feelings toward oneself or inwardly.  As Susan Cain former corporate lawyer and author of “Quiet:  The Power of Introverts” put it:  she had an aversion to putting herself “out there.”  Along with exploring the 3 common interpersonal styles (passive, aggressive, and assertive), this workshop will examine assertive communication’s attitudinal, verbal and nonverbal tendencies and begin applying these patterns across a variety of contexts – classroom discussions, group meetings, networking, and in the workplace.  To develop this assertive skill takes practice, so there will be opportunities in the workshop to practice and get supportive, directed feedback.

Time Management for the Future Legal Professional

April 1 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. in Gittis 2 | Register

Andy Hales, Director of Professional Development at Venable LLP, will talk about a time management and an organization approach that you can apply to your student life, summer and post-graduate work.  Andy will teach a common sense system to keep track of all of the things at work that compete for your attention. He’ll cover tips on managing huge amounts of e-mail, organizing and processing paper and files, using your calendar more effectively, the power of the mighty checklist, and more.  This is an essential class for any student hoping to effectively manage the time demands of the legal profession. 

Advanced Excel

April 5 from 12:00-4:00 p.m. in TBD | Register

Excel is a powerful tool used to calculate data and analyze results.  In this hands-on workshop, learn many advanced Excel commands and apply them using legal and business spreadsheet examples. 

Workshop Topics include:

  • Create Pivot Tables to quickly summarize and analyze large data lists
  • Use many Pivot Table options
  • Analyze data with What-If Analysis Tools (Data Tables and Goal Seek)
  • Use VLookup, Advanced Filter, Data Validation and related commands
  • Advanced level Functions  (Math, Statistics, Finance, Text)
  • Advanced Formatting: Conditional Formatting and Custom Number Formats
  • Advanced Charts to illustrate trends and graphically represent data results
  • Learn conditional formulas and more on the IF function
  • Learn Shortcut keys and Speed Tips throughout the workshop

Reference materials and practice files provided for both PC and Mac. 


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