This Reading Group will study the ways lawyers do, could and should work in teams to solve problems more effectively, as well as the ways that successful lawyers and leaders leverage the power of teams and networks to solve legal problems.
Historically, the study of law has mostly been an individual pursuit, though conducted in a group setting. By contrast, business schools have long used team-based exercises, learning and evaluations to prepare their students to be more effective in the context in which they will most likely work following graduation. Lawyers entering practice are increasingly being called upon to collaborate, work in teams and rely upon broad internal and external networks, and yet they are often unprepared for that challenge. Several factors are making it increasingly important for lawyers to become highly proficient at leveraging the powers of teams and networks:
We will cover the fundamental aspects of how effective teams operate and how lawyers might learn from and apply team theory to solve legal problems. We will also examine the importance of networks to the art of problem solving, and what lawyers can learn from related research about networks. Finally, we will examine current models for team-based legal education.
Throughout the semester, we will be joined by special guests who will share their knowledge and expertise in this area and help us to address these questions.
This class will meet on the following dates: February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4, April 1, 8, and 15.