Should Law Schools Select Students for Desired Capabilities (Collaboration Skills), Instead of Academic Scores?

Two recent notes (well, one was based on the other one – and the other one was based on a presentation at a PLI program) observe that the ability to collaborate has become a “core competency” for lawyers in light of how law practice has changed. OK. I agree.

Then, they say lawyers are poor collaborators. (No comment.)

Well, I was at my own program, the Elon Law/Center for Creative Leadership one. Part of the discussion there (among a panel of law school deans) was about law school admissions. One interesting comment: maybe law schools should stop basing admissions on the best grades and LSAT scores and select future lawyers  for other traits – such as the ability to collaborate.

Are you saying we should select our lawyers to be peacemakers instead of warriors? (Can we do something like that for legislators, too?)

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