Professional Essentials Milestone

Professional Essentials introduces law students to core concepts surrounding development and interpersonal skills critical for career success. Students learn from staff, faculty, alumni, and professionals who are experts in career development and the legal field.

Milestone Objectives

  • Self exploration to understand individual professional short-term and long-term goals, and learn helpful tools for career success.
  • Gain strong, appropriate communication skills to create a professional brand with focus, purpose, and clarity.
  • Learn team dynamics and build collaboration skills to efficiently complete work in a timely manner with the right resources.
  • Understand and respect diverse views in order to provide professional and ethical client representation and work effectively across different perspectives.

Students have the opportunity to complete the Milestone throughout their three years of law school. Students must attend a minimum of 8 workshops, and complete the requirements below, to complete the Milestone. At completion, students receive a transcript notation signifying successful participation.

Milestone Requirements

  • Attendance at a minimum of 8 workshops
  • Creation and/or update of LinkedIn professional profile and “connect” with career counselor
  • Involvement with, or attendance at, a minimum of one Law School internal student group and/or networking event
  • Involvement with, or attendance at, a minimum of one external professional association and/or networking event

Workshop Syllabus

Fall Semester – 5 workshops

  • What is Professional Development and Why it Matters
  • Grit and Growth Mindset: Tools for Resolving Conflict and Overcoming Obstacles
  • Engaging with the Profession: Find Your Place and Become a Leader
  • Personal Branding & Communications: In Person and Online
  • Professional Relationship Development: Information Interviews, Mentoring Relationships, and Event Networking

Winter Break – 1 workshop

  • Interviewing Skills and Mock Interview Program

Spring Semester – 5 workshops

  • Time and Project Management: Completing Your Work Effectively
  • The Business of Law: What is Client Service, Billable Hour, Attorney Structure, and Business Development
  • Constructive Feedback and Work Product Evaluations
  • Working in Diverse Environments: Understanding Implicit Bias and Client Representation
  • Moving Forward: How Do I Use These Skills?

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P: 612-625-5000

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