Understanding Core Competencies / Skills for Transactional Practice
As you may know, an ABA task force has recently proposed to establish minimum requirements within ABA-accredited law schools for "experiential" learning curriculum related to building practical skills and competencies. (Similar proposals are percolating up from state bar association task forces as well.) A challenging question in designing these requirements concerns the appropriate definition of what constitute "skills and competencies," particularly for attorneys whose practice is principally "transactional" (in contrast to work that is oriented around litigation).
This survey is meant to gauge what sorts of core competencies established professionals in transactional practice areas consider important, and then to assess how that list squares with the current proposed guidelines. Although largely directed to practicing attorneys, the survey is also open to other professionals who work closely with practicing attorneys in transactional practices (such as bankers, accountants, financial advisers, etc.).
Many thanks for taking the time to fill out this survey. When complete, results of the survey will be made available on the website for the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy (BCLBE), at http://www.law.berkeley.edu/bclbe.htm.