its unique responsibilities in providing judges and personnel for the Justice Sector at the domestic and international arena. These are services and responsibilities that are pervasive and cross-cutting unlike other professions which generally provide one line service structure to the society albeit, an important one.
The combination of this popularity and unique position of the legal profession place enormous burden on the providers of legal education, that is the teaching staff, the Dean and the university in general to produce not just the number required, but more importantly skillful and ethically oriented lawyers.
What then are the attributes and skills expected of a typical lawyer which an education provider should pay attention to? While conceding that it is difficult to rationalize with specificity the attributes required of a lawyer due to diversity of legal practice, needs and circumstances of individuals and society, the following have been identified to be some basic rudimentary competences required of a typical lawyer6
Ability to analyse legal issues against the background of existing law, the direction the law is or should be developing and key policy considerations.
Synthesize facts and situations given that most problems involve multi-dimensional facts and can weave those facts into a coherent narration.
6 ABA-LSAC Official Guide to ABA – Approved Law Schools. Produced by the Law School Admission Council and American Bar Association, 2008 Edition.