The 7 Wrap-Around Skills Junior Lawyers Need

Hellooooo Happier Better Nation!

We focus most of our training for junior lawyers (and law students) on technical skills and core competencies.  We continue this approach despite knowing that non-technical skills (I call them "Wrap-Around Skills") are just as important, if not more important, to the retention and success of our youngest attorneys.

There are seven Wrap-Around Skills that all junior lawyers need to thrive:

  • Wellness:  How to Focus on Their Own Wellness (Focusing on Happiness Should be Offense, not Defense)
  • Time Management:  How to Manage Their Time (Don't just be Productive, be Effective and Efficient)
  • Personal Branding:  How to Build a Personal Brand (Either They Build One, or the World Will Build One For Them)
  • Entrepreneurial:  How to Leverage an Entrepreneurial Mindset and Tools (Be an INTRA-preneur as a lawyer in an organization)
  • Teamwork:  How to Supervise Supervisors and Work with Peers and Staff (Lawyering is a Team Sport)
  • Relationship Building:  How to Build Successful Relationships (Relationships are the Key to All Success)
  • Career Management:  How to Manage their Early Career (Be the CEO of their Legal Career)

We need to give our junior lawyers the gift of Wrap-Around Skills not "once they're more senior," but as a core part of their early training. 

What do you think is the #1 Wrap-Around Skill?

Would you add any Wrap-Around Skill to my list?

Are you teaching your junior lawyers these Skills?

Let me know in the comments! 

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-- Calvin