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This essay is built on the key proposition that lawyers do—or should—play three distinct, although often overlapping, roles. First, lawyers are “technical experts” who give their clients and others access to the complex machinery...

Finally, many of the pressures faced by companies, law firms, and law schools are being made even more complex by the shifting parameters of the regulatory system governing legal practice and legal education. Traditionally,...

In-house law departments are in turn putting significant pressure on the traditional business model of large law firms. Law firms have for years relied on a steady increase in the hourly rates that they...

Finally, with respect to all competencies, core and complementary, we need lawyers who can communicate effectively and concisely in a wide variety of formats and venues. Lawyers have always prided themselves on their ability...

We need lawyers who are not just strong individual contributors but who have the ability to work cooperatively and constructively in groups or on teams that are increasingly diverse and multidisciplinary—and who can lead...

Most generally, we need lawyers who have a creative and constructive, not just a critical, cast of mind. Lawyers should be trained and encouraged to build an argument in a brief, a regulation, a...

The question has always been what other qualities of mind—modes of thinking—do we want in our lawyers so that they can be outstanding technical experts, wise counselors, and effective leaders? Beginning with the progressive...

Similarly, we do not believe that there is any single path that every lawyer should follow to achieve these goals. There is not now, nor has there ever been, “one true faith” for ethical...

Given this consensus, we believe that lawyers and legal academics should understand themselves as having four interrelated sets of obligations, however open-textured, each of which are of signal importance, as they consider how to...

As with lawyers as wise counselors, it is worth emphasizing that law is just one of many occupations from which leaders across all facets of society are drawn. A law degree guarantees nothing but...