There is no getting around it: Until business fundamentals are taught in the core curriculum, even the elite law schools will continue to come up short. Only one top school, Boston University Law School, has taken the necessary leap. In so doing, BU has established an appreciable lead over competing institutions in offering meaningful business and financial training— preparing its students for a job market where employers and clients alike want much more from them than legal analysis and hard work.
Every client worth having wants a lawyer who understands her business, one who’s studied the industry and markets in which his company competes, and one who speaks the language of business, whether in contract negotiations or the courtroom. [Previously published in the ABA Magazine, October 2015]
Business development is about relationships, first and foremost. What goes around comes around. Treat people right or pay the consequences in missed opportunities, broken relationships, burned bridges, and bad word of mouth….