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Archive for the ‘This Just In – New Books’

The Art of Practicing Law: Talking to Clients, Colleagues and Others

The Art of Practicing Law: Talking to Clients, Colleagues and Others is another great book in our collection that addresses improving your lawyering and professionalism skills.

This book illustrates its point through short essays (70 in total). Many areas of civil and criminal law—cases both large and small—are covered, along with topics like music, art, architecture, and ethics.

Client interactions and situations are also covered, including handling the challenging ones.

The overall theme of the book can be summed up as “we advance the rule of law even in the routine practice of our profession.”


Suggested by Career Services: Designing Your Life

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans is geared toward building a happier life. The authors walk readers through the process of building a satisfying, meaningful life by approaching the challenge the way a designer would: experimentation, wayfinding, prototyping, and constant iteration. Burnett and Evans stress that the only failure is settling for unhappiness.


Suggested by Career Services: Lawyers as Leaders

Lawyers work as public officials—executives, legislators, and staff—at the local, state, and federal levels of the United States government. Lawyers also run businesses and nonprofits, not to mention the numbers practicing in law firms. With so many positions in society filled by lawyers, the question becomes: How are they being trained for these roles?

Author Deborah Rhode argues that traditional law education has done little in this regard. In Lawyers as Leaders, she attempts to rectify this gap by using interdisciplinary research, biographical profiles, and empirical studies to cover decision-making, conflict management, and diversity in leadership—and addresses what lawyers can do to advance both their professional development and the public interest.

The most successful leaders are those who can see past their own ambitions and retain a capacity for critical reflection on their performance. In order to be successful, the author argues that soft skills such as empathy and active listening are critical.

Lawyers as Leaders is also available to the CSU community electronically.

Check Out Professionalism and Lawyering Titles

It’s a good idea to start thinking about the practice of law early, even when you’re still a student. The law library has you covered! Check our catalog Scholar for all titles. When you find a title of interest, look at the items with call numbers surrounding that one to find titles on the same or similar topics.

Here are a few titles of interest on the topics of lawyering, professionalism, and law firm management selected from Scholar:

Law Office Policy and Procedure Manual

Law Office Guide to Purchasing Legal Malpractice Insurance 

Law Office Procedure Manual for Solos and Small Firms 

Professionalism Law Office Management Client Funds Management and Ohio Notary Law 

Ethical Considerations of Law Office Accounting and Practice Management


Suggested By Career Services: Roadmap: The Law Student’s Guide to Meaningful Employment

Roadmap: The Law Student’s Guide to Meaningful Employment by Neil W. Hamilton sets out guidance for students to use throughout law school in order to be fully prepared to find employment upon graduation. The book covers the core competencies desired by law firms, corporate legal departments, and governmental law departments, so as to demonstrate what competencies students should be working on while in school. Hamilton’s method is used at several schools with good results in increased employment rates.

Neil W. Hamilton is the Holloran Center Director and Professor of Law (and former Dean) at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, MN.