News and information useful to Cleveland State College of Law students, faculty and staff.

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.

Soft Skills For the Effective Lawyer

In his book Soft Skills for the Effective Lawyer Randall Kiser presents a multi-disciplinary introduction to the major soft skills for lawyers. Kiser identifies self-awareness, self-development, social proficiency, wisdom, leadership, and professionalism as the major soft skills needed to be an effective lawyer. Soft Skills for the Effective Lawyer is perfect for future lawyers as well as current attorneys and law school staff.

The book not only identifies what the soft skills are but offers steps to follow to improve those skills. The reader can feel confident in the self-improvement work because of research and science behind Kiser’s recommendations.

Randall Kiser is an internationally recognized authority on attorney performance. He is the author of three books on effective advocacy and durable attorney-client relationships and has taught at the University of Washington School of Law, Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, University of Nevada School of Law, and Indiana University School of Law. Kiser is a Principal Analyst at DecisionSet in Palo Alto, California, and his work has been featured in popular and scholarly publications ranging from The New York Times to the Harvard Negotiation Law Review.

Excellence in the Workplace: Legal and Life Skills in a Nutshell

Excellence in the Workplace: Legal and Life Skills in a Nutshell by Kay Kavanagh and Paul Nailon is a people-skills book for new lawyers and law students alike. This title is also available online via West Academic Study Aids. Instructions can be found here.

The book identifies skills lawyers need and addresses acquiring those skills. Highlights include chapters on:

  • emotional intelligence
  • diversity
  • meetings
  • time management
  • managing writing and research assignments
  • meeting with clients
  • working with your supervisor
  • supervising others

Other topics covered include almost every aspect of the practice of law and law firm life: getting and giving feedback, stress, work-life balance, meals, dress, networking, cultural differences, and much more.