While substantive scholarship is essential in legal education, practical preparation is critical for student success in this job market. Law schools that foster skill-building in these areas will nurture stronger candidates and, ultimately, rainmaking alumni.

Despite the value that many rainmakers gain from mentoring law students and young lawyers, only 35% of the students polled reported having a mentor and even fewer were engaged in effective relationships. For instance, when asked whether he or she (each questionnaire was conducted anonymously using Zoomerang.com) had a mentor, one student commented: “I do, but he’s short on the mentoring. In fact, I’ve barely talked to him.” Another wrote, “Yes, but with minimal contact.”