Making the transition from a Profs graduate (New Zealand Professional Legal Studies Course) to a professional lawyer can be a challenge to even the brightest and best academic students.

I have been sufficiently concerned about the importance of helping our younger lawyers develop as fast as possible in a recession laden world that i have created a model to demonstrate all of the elements which need considering in a program. Technical legal topics are not included in the model on the basis that the profession is well versed in training its people in the law.

There are three key dimensions that should be considered:

  • The Client
  • The Firm
  • The Connections

A model showing the transition from Professional Legal Studies Graduate to Professional Lawyer.

The rings in the model featured above, illustrate the ways in which these dimensions offer three different perspectives and the ways in which these three areas include skill development.

For the full article, see the NZLawyer upcoming issue 189, released 27th of July 2012. The second part of the article which goes into detail about each of the nine topic areas will be  published in NZLawyer issue 190 to be released on the 10th of August, 2012.