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Core Competencies in the Workplace: How to Hit the Ground Running With Your First Summer Legal Position. Introduction. C. Bradley Vynalek Commercial Litigation Partner J.D. -1999, U. of A Law School U of A LCA Incoming President National Business Development Partner, Litigation

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Core Competencies in the Workplace: How to Hit the Ground Running With Your First Summer Legal Position

introduction
Introduction

C. Bradley Vynalek

  • Commercial Litigation Partner
  • J.D. -1999, U. of A Law School
  • U of A LCA Incoming President
  • National Business Development Partner, Litigation
  • Former Co-Chair of Litigation and Summer Associate Program

Ryan Patterson

  • Commercial Litigation Associate
  • J.D. - 2006, U. of Arizona Law School
  • Associate Policy Committee Member
  • Summer Associate Mentee
  • Summer Associate 2005
core competencies
Core Competencies
  • What does “core competencies” mean?
  • Why are they important?
  • How do you figure out your employer’s core competencies
  • Tips to impress (starting with summer jobs).
what are the core competencies
What are the “core competencies”?
  • Every employer/firm is different
  • Not all-inclusive (merely a beginning road-map)
  • Business Drivers
  • Skills
  • Personal Attributes
    • Being a lawyer is not all about the legal stuff
core competencies skills
“Core Competencies” Skills
  • The “no-brainers”
    • Legal acumen
    • Analytic ability
    • Putting good product on paper (writing)
    • Verbal skills
    • Diverse portfolio
    • Do not check out
core competencies skills cont
“Core Competencies” Skills Cont.

2. The not-so-obvious

    • Client/business/industry savvy
      • Means different things at different points in your career
      • Strong correlation to business development
    • Ability to supervise/delegate
  • Value

a. Especially important in current economic climate

core competencies personal attributes
“Core Competencies” Personal Attributes
  • Teamwork
  • Judgment
  • Ownership
  • Curiosity
  • Loyalty
    • Confidentiality
why are the core competencies important
Why are the “core competencies” important?
  • For you:
    • Hiring
    • Advancement
    • Fulfillment
  • For your employer:
    • Success – individually and the organization
    • Goodwill in the community
    • Career development
how do you figure out your employer s core competencies
How do you figure out your employer’s “core competencies”?
  • Orientation
  • Posted on-line (pre-interview tip)
  • Posted on the internal internet (after you start your job)
  • Talk to partners/associates at your firm
    • Initiative and questions
  • Evaluations
tips to impress summer associate
Tips to Impress – Summer Associate
  • Strong Work Ethic
  • Positive Attitude
    • Be sincere
    • Humility
      • Goes both ways (for you and the organization)
    • Confidence (show it off in the right ways)
  • Communicate
    • Colleagues (other summer associates)
    • Colleagues (other attorneys)
    • Support Staff (paralegals, assistants
    • Recruiting coordinators
tips to impress summer associate cont
Tips to Impress – Summer Associate Cont.
  • Responsibility
    • Ownership over your projects
    • Meet deadlines
    • Ability to balance work/social/family obligations
      • These are not going away as you start your career
tips to impress first post law school gig
Tips to Impress – First Post-Law School Gig
  • Continue above
  • Challenge your comfort zone
    • Presentations
    • Projects
    • Go the extra mile
  • Develop substantive knowledge in niche areas
  • Identify mentors and use them
  • Bar Service: ABA, State Bar, County Bar