Georgetown University Law Center is getting into the executive education game with a new slate of programs aimed at helping attorneys develop their management skills.
Georgetown’s is the second such program affiliated with a law school in the United States, although some law firms and law departments send their attorneys for training at various business schools. Harvard Law School founded its executive education program in 2007; it is known for its weeklong lawyer leadership courses.
Georgetown will offer a general leadership program for emerging law firm leaders, but will also offer shorter, more directed courses, according to Lisa Rohrer, who will direct the program. For example, a law firm compensation course will be designed for high-ranking partners and members of compensation committees, she said. Yet another program will help attorneys forge successful collaborations.
For the leadership course, participants will receive one-on-one training sessions spaced at least five months apart in addition to sessions at the law school. The structure is a nod to the fact that leadership skills take time to develop, Rohrer said.
“We’re not necessarily competing with [Harvard], but rather offering an alternative for folks who may have a different set of needs,” she said.
Also participating will be James Jones, a former managing partner at Arnold & Porter who now is a senior fellow at Georgetown’s Center the Study of the Legal Profession; Heather Bock, chief professional development officer at Hogan Lovells; and Georgetown law professor Mitt Regan.
“One of the interesting things about this program is the team of people working on it,” Rohrer said. “You’ve got a combination of trained classic social scientists, people with business school-type training, and people who are very practice-oriented.”
Georgetown’s first executive education course is scheduled to start in June. Administrators expect to add courses for government and pubic-service attorneys, and to develop custom programs for specific legal organizations.
“Modern law practice requires not only proficiency in legal analysis, but the ability to work effectively with others, draw on their talents and coordinate their efforts,” said Georgetown Dean William Treanor. “The Law Center’s program will enhance lawyers’ ability to master these critical skills.”
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