College of Law launches Fundamentals of Legal Practice

Friday, January 24, 2014

Starting in spring 2014, the College of Law is offering a new program entitled “Fundamentals of Legal Practice.” Run by the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development, the Program offers 16 hours of instruction intended to better prepare students for practice, including the business of law, self-assessment, business development and marketing, professional communications, client service, and project management. The modules are taught by instructors from the College, as well as successful alumni and leading practitioners. 

“Today’s legal profession is also a business,” said Greg Miarecki, executive assistant dean of the Office of Career Planning and Professional Development. “New lawyers need to understand their strengths and weaknesses and excel in areas that law schools traditionally do not cover. Our new Fundamentals of Legal Practice program will provide these basic tools to our students.”

At the end of the program, students will have a better understanding of who they are, their strengths and weaknesses as they relate to legal practice, how to professionally communicate with their colleagues and clients, how legal businesses make a profit, how to build a practice, how to develop a solid reputation, and how to manage cases and clients. 

When these tools are combined with the rigorous legal education the College of Law provides, we are confident that future generations of Illini will continue to reach the pinnacles of the legal profession, Miarecki added.