“Some things are clearer from a distance.”
20 years ago, I didn’t know very much about law firms, though I was curious and knew law firms were important, at least to students attending law school. Thus, why not dig into the primary vehicle for a successful and rewarding legal career?
That was my reasoning back in the fall of 2004 when I first taught a course called “The Law Firm as a Business Organization (B573).” As a junior professor, it was an early win for my career. Foremost, the students gave it strong reviews, which enabled me to teach it again in 2006. Second, it put me in direct contact with practicing lawyers, as I invited them to class to bring color to the assigned readings. Third, it launched some novel and original research that earned me tenure and opened doors to do challenging applied work in the legal innovation space, including Lawyer Metrics, the Institute for the Future of Law Practice (IFLP), and Legal Evolution.
Now, for the first time in 16 years, I am teaching the Law Firms course, prompting much reflection. See 2022 Syllabus. What’s changed more—the law firm market or my perspective? It’s a close call.
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