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ANNOUNCING: Law Firm Competency Models and Student Professional Success: Building on a Foundation of Professional Formation/ Professionalism

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In this article, Hamilton reports on his recent study of 14 law firms that revealed key competencies needed for success in the first years of one's law career. Hamilton frames his study as knowledge important to helping students obtain employment in a tough market. He states that "law students and law schools have an opportunity created by the convergence of (1) significant employment market changes for law graduates, (2) sharp declines in law school applications, (3) increased applicant attention to each school’s employment outcomes, (4) law firm development of competency models to assess associate development, and (5) the high probability of accreditation changes emphasizing each student’s competency to represent clients and participate ethically in the profession."

Citation:  Hamilton, Neil W., Law-Firm Competency Models and Student Professional Success: Building on a Foundation of Professional Formation/Professionalism (2013). U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 13-22. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2271410 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2271410



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