The Whole Lawyer and the Character Quotient

Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers (ETL), an initiative of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, released yesterday the results of its survey of 24,000 lawyers from all 50 states.  

Here is an excerpt from their press release:

"In a first-of-its kind project, Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers, an initiative of IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, reveals the keys to success: first, lawyers must have a high “character quotient.” Integrity, work ethic, grit, and common sense are just a few of the necessary characteristics. Second, according to IAALS’ report, Foundations for Practice: The Whole Lawyer and the Character Quotient, findings show that, while character reigns, being a successful lawyer requires a blend of character quotient with professional competencies and legal skills."

The report, titled, “Foundations for Practice: The Whole Lawyer and the Character Quotient,” makes the following conclusion:

"We no longer have to wonder what new lawyers need. We know what they need and they need more than we once thought. Intelligence, on its own, is not enough. Technical legal skills are not enough. They require a broader set of characteristics (or, the character quotient), professional competencies, and legal skills that, when taken together, produce a whole lawyer. When we value any one foundation, like intelligence, and when we value any one group of foundations, like legal skills, we shortchange not only the potential of that lawyer—we also shortchange the clients who rely on them."

Regent Law is a member of ETL's consortium of law schools, and reports such as this one confirm that the work of groups like Regent Law's Center for Ethical Formation and Legal Education Reform (CEFLER) is critical to improving legal education and the legal profession.  Committed to developing students’ professional identity, CEFLER provides training that cultivates in students the practical judgment, character formation, and ethical decision-making skills that are important to the practice of law.  Our goal is to produce lawyers who understand the nature and purpose of the legal profession and are committed to the ethical practice of law.

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