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This briefing does not offer credit for any jurisdiction.

What do we need to succeed in the legal profession? Are legal knowledge and practice skills sufficient? In order to truly thrive in today’s competitive market, we also need a robust professional persona, as discussed in the speaker’s book, Becoming a Lawyer: Discovering and Defining Your Professional Persona.

This Briefing will introduce the concept of the legal professional persona and will explore the building blocks of such a persona:

• Building Competence: Tools we can use to move along the learning matrix, from the stage of unconscious incompetence to the stage of unconscious competence;
• Habits: The importance to our professional development of developing and nurturing strong and sustainable habits and tips for building positive habits (and eliminating bad ones);
• Intelligence: The multifaceted notion of intelligence and what forms of intelligence really advance our career; and
• Leadership: The importance of leadership as a mindset, unrelated to position, and the qualities of a leader that we need to embody, even at the very early stages of our career.


Toni M. Jaeger-Fine
Assistant Dean
Fordham University School of Law

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