Roadmap: The Law Student's Guide to Meaningful Employment, Second Edition

    By Neil W Hamilton

    Roadmap: The Law Student's Guide to Meaningful Employment, Second Edition

    Roadmap: The Law Student's Guide to Meaningful Employment, Second Edition

    By Neil W Hamilton

    Roadmap sharpens your awareness of the characteristics most valued in the workplace—whether it is in a law firm, a company, or a government entity. The map encourages you to use your time in law school to develop the competencies important to your future. The book helps the reader form a conscious plan to demonstrate these self-development experiences. It's a great resource to be prepared to enter the search for employment.

    Roadmap: The Law Student's Guide to Meaningful Employment, Second Edition

    By Neil W Hamilton

    Roadmap: The Law Student's Guide to Meaningful Employment, Second Edition

    Roadmap: The Law Student's Guide to Meaningful Employment, Second Edition

    By Neil W Hamilton

    Roadmap sharpens your awareness of the characteristics most valued in the workplace—whether it is in a law firm, a company, or a government entity. The map encourages you to use your time in law school to develop the competencies important to your future. The book helps the reader form a conscious plan to demonstrate these self-development experiences. It's a great resource to be prepared to enter the search for employment.
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    "Law faculty members, student support professionals, law schools, and law students should take Roadmap to heart. It is an invaluable guidebook to improving both academic and career advising. It assists students in building a sense of self-efficacy and shaping plans for professional success. It helps law schools rebalance student and faculty/staff responsibilities. It clarifies the pipelines available to future lawyers interested in shaping their careers."

    ---Journal of Legal Education, Autumn 2018 Issue

    What do you say when a potential employer asks, “Tell me about a  project that you have managed and what you learned from that experience; tell me specifically about how you handled a difficult team member in implementing the project?” If you are like most law students, the slightest mention of “project management” or “difficult team member” makes you cringe, evoking painful memories of free-riding classmates. Once your discomfort passes, you either struggle to come up with a meaningful answer or fail to think of an experience demonstrating your project management and teamwork competencies. Would it surprise you to know that was supposed to be an easy question? What happens when you get a tricky question, such as, “What value do you bring beyond just technical legal skills to help our clients be successful?”

    The Roadmap process transforms this type of challenging question into an opportunity to differentiate yourself from other students. You will not need to wait for a specific question about the value you bring beyond technical legal skills to help legal employers and clients. Instead, you will understand what skills legal employers and clients need and will be able to explain how your  strongest skills can help them succeed. You will be prepared with your best stories to demonstrate persuasive evidence of your strongest skills.

    Praise for Roadmap: The Law Student’s Guide to Meaningful Employment

    “In these challenging markets, each student needs to synthesize his or her life experience with his or her law school experience into a biographical coherence or story about how his or her unique strengths and skills can serve others well in meaningful employment. The Roadmap guides each student through this process.” —Deanell Tacha, former Pepperdine University School of Law Dean

    “Faculty, staff, and alumni need to work together to help each student internalize a career-long commitment to professional development toward excellence in the competencies needed to serve others well. The Roadmap is a creative co-educator approach to help each student ‘connect the dots’ between this commitment to professional development and the student’s goal of meaningful employment. The Roadmap is really terrific and a huge contribution to professional formation for law students.” —Mitchell Bailin, Georgetown University Law Center Dean of Students and Associate Vice President

    “I wish I had something like the Roadmap in law school to help me understand all the competencies needed to be successful in the practice of law and how to use the curriculum and other experiences of law school to develop the needed com-petencies. I think the one-on-one coaching to help each student think through his or her plan to develop toward meaningful employment to serve others well is exceptionally valuable.” —Marschall Smith, retired General Counsel, 3M Corp., former General Counsel of Archer, Daniels, 
    Midland Company (ADM) and Brunswick Corp.

    “Professor Hamilton’s important research and new book raise awareness of a common misperception. We often believe that smart, driven students are also automatically self-directed learners when it comes to selecting a career path and preparing to be successful professionals.   While the majority is interested in exam-ining  possible career paths, most lack the tools to act on that interest. For their part, legal employers have not been transparent on the full range of competen-cies needed for professional success, thus creating a “secret memo” challenge for applicants and new lawyers to try to figure out on their own what is needed to achieve success. Hamilton’s Roadmap gives students that secret memo, so to speak, and involves them in active career planning toward all the needed competencies at an early stage. Combined with support from professors, professional development administrators, and career counselors working in concert, the Roadmap has proved to lead to more self-directed learning for law students. This is good for students, law schools, legal employers, and the profession at large.” —Susan Manch, Founding Partner, SJL Shannon,  Legal Talent Management and Advisor on Talent  Management to the Majority of Am Law 100 Firm

    “The Roadmap is an incredible compilation, packed full with both the pragmatic, real-world needed skills for a student to develop toward meaningful employment and the needed skills to serve all those whom we as lawyers take an oath to serve. A law student should be presented with this resource on the first day of his or her law school education, and it should be read and reread frequently not just until the end of law school but throughout a lawyer’s career. Everybody comes out the winner by reading this excellent work: lawyer-to-be, the employer, the practicing lawyer, the clients we serve, and anyone who cares or needs to know more about what it means to be a competent, ethical, and professional lawyer.” —John Berry, Director of the Florida Bar Legal Division supervising lawyer regulation and professionalism, former Chair of the ABA Professionalism Committee

    Product Details

    Authors

    Neil W Hamilton

    Publishers

    ABA Book Publishing

    ISBN

    9781641050227

    Page Count

    256

    Product Code

    1620753

    Trim Size

    7 x 10

    Publication Date

    1/2/2018 12:00:00 AM

    Authors

    Neil W Hamilton

    Sponsors

    ABA Book Publishing

    Publishers

    ABA Book Publishing

    ISBN

    9781641050234

    Page Count

    256

    Product Code

    1620753EBK

    Publication Date

    1/1/2018 12:00:00 AM

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