Admissions consultant and former University of Chicago Law School admissions dean Anna Ivey recently had a guest post on The Careerist blog advising law students on 6 skills they need to master:
- Improve your writing – write on a journal; take classes that require longer papers; take contract drafting classes; write, get feedback, and write some more.
- Talk like an adult – use grown-up speech patterns; learn how to write a decent cover letter and sound professional on the phone.
- Learn to read a financial statement – you need basic financial and accounting literacy.
- Hang out with B-school students – broaden your contacts; don’t hang out only with other law students.
- Always network in person – establishing relationship capital means talking to people in person; follow-up is also key.
- Think like a creative problem-solver and a businessperson – start an internal mental shift while you’re in school and think of yourself as someone who has to run a business and solve management problems.
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