Now more than ever, prospective employers want to know that our students are engaged, energetic, enthusiastic and efficient – and have the professional skills necessary to hit the ground running. This fall, we are launching new programming through our Center on Professionalism that will help students develop their skills in five key areas: communication; lawyering skills; organization and management dynamics; self-development; and strategic planning and problem solving.
As part of this effort, all first-year students will work in their cohorts to learn the skills of legal research and writing and to understand more deeply and develop professional skills. Each cohort works with faculty and staff liaisons with whom they will meet as a group, and we are launching a special intranet site that will allow students to track their own professional-skills development throughout their Law School careers.
On Monday, Sept. 21, we held a Professionalism Day for 1Ls that included an alumni networking lunch, meetings with the cohorts and their liaisons and a discussion of how students can embrace their legal education in ways that build upon their professional skills.