Overview of Lawyering Skills and Values

  • Author: U.C. Hastings College of the Law


Have you ever wondered just what legal employers are looking for in an ideal candidate? The following discussion, derived from an ABA task force report on the legal profession (the “MacCrate Report”), outlines fundamental lawyering skills. Of course, no one person, except perhaps for Gerry Spence, exhibits all of these skills. Many of them you will have acquired before entering law school, so you will just need to identify them. Some skills will be learned here at Hastings. Others will only be acquired over time.

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