The role of a lawyer is to advocate, persuade, engage in difficult conversations, and work with others to resolve conflicts or to achieve a common goal. In short, lawyers must lead. Acquiring a core set of skills can transform lawyers into strategic and creative leaders with the vision to change the world for the better—and influence others to do the same.
What skills do law students need to become lawyers who lead teams and institutions effectively?
Through the Davis Polk Leadership Initiative, Columbia Law offers courses, workshops, and research and professional development opportunities to teach students to be leaders in both the private and public sectors worldwide. Students learn not only to manage the everyday practice they will pursue, but also to rise to complex challenges throughout their careers.
Take an intensive seminar in “lawyer leadership” that builds on the capacity to interact effectively in groups, give and receive feedback, develop constructive work relationships, and navigate new and challenging environments.
Earn grants to launch a collaborative project designed to have a positive impact on the Law School, the profession, and the larger community.
Develop essential skills, such as persuasive communication, networking, managing, and mentoring, through professional development workshops.
Receive one-on-one coaching for student mentors, peer coaches, teaching assistants, heads of student organizations, and other leaders.
“We are committed to teaching the skills that prepare students to excel in the diverse roles they will occupy over the course of their careers—as both lawyers and leaders in society.”
—Gillian Lester, Columbia Law School Dean and the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law