August 17, 2017

A Rock and a Hard Place: Mastering Middle Management

Jade Smarda

Many of us have heard of some law schools offering a class called “Law Practice Management” or some variation thereof, presumably in response to the criticism that law school curriculum is devoid of anything that comes close to teaching practical skills. Such criticism departs from the traditional view that law schools should teach future lawyers how to think (not practice), but continues to spark debate nonetheless. Unlikely to enter the debate any time soon, though, is whether law schools should offer a course called “Law Practice Middle Management.” If the traditional view is that teaching students how to manage an IOLTA account (interest on lawyers trust account) or secure appropriate malpractice insurance is beyond the scope of a law school’s duties to students, then there can be no question that teaching students how to become effective middle managers definitely falls outside the scope.

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