Today’s market demands law graduates with superior legal training and a solid foundation of professional skills and workplace savvy. To make our students market ready, Scalia Law arranges a variety of courses and programs focused on building students’ leadership and professional development skills.

Regardless of whether students are launching or advancing already distinguished careers in law, policy, or business, students can customize their professional and leadership skills training as they progress from the first-year into their upper-class years. Scalia Law’s Winter Term offers for-credit courses centered on professional skills development, and throughout the year, Scalia Law hosts a variety of large and small group trainings – some of which are required to graduate or to earn credit in our many externship programs. Speakers and trainers include full and part-time faculty, experienced consultants used by the world’s top law firms, and staff. For an example of our offerings, see below.

Leadership & Professional Development Course Offerings

  • Institutions of American Law
  • The Legal Profession: Writing Under Pressure
  • Oral Advocacy for Transactional Lawyers
  • Business Bootcamp
  • Diversity & Inclusion: Foundations & Strategy
  • Law & Leadership

Leadership & Professional Development Programs

  • Oral Communication: Succeed in Making Your Point
  • Professionalism & Ethics
  • Professionalism with the Virginia State Bar
  • Alumni Connection Program
  • Professional Headshots
  • Time Management Training
  • Mock Interviews
  • Workplace Communications and Emotional Intelligence Coaching
  • Client Development Skills
  • InBalance: Programs Focused on Lawyer and Law student Wellbeing
  • Law Firm Economics
  • Navigating Your Future in the Diverse World of Law
  • Etiquette Dinner

*Some events and courses are recurring; others change each semester.

Student Testimonials

Alumni Connection Program: Expanding the Network

Joseph Panella, IV ‘19:

I can’t imagine a better fit. [My alumni connection and I] had a great discussion this morning, and I know I will benefit greatly from his insights and guidance as I formulate my path forward. You guys did an awesome job!

Virginia State Bar Professionalism Program

Angelica Lao ‘19:

For me, this event did more than just alert us to the rules of professionalism and requirements for admission to the bar. The insights I received underscored the understanding that the law really is a “healing profession," and I went home that night inspired to become a lawyer who upholds that belief to my best ability. It was also an incredible opportunity to meet and learn from experienced lawyers and judges so early on in my legal career.

Navigating Your Future in the Diverse World of Law, with The Virginia Women Attorneys Association and Women’s Bar Association of D.C.

Theresa Dalmut ‘19:

The Virginia Women Attorneys Association and Women’s Bar Association of D.C. provided a captivating panel with a unique prospective on furthering your legal career.

Time Management for the Workplace

Jesse Nejberger ‘19:

The session made me think about where my time is going, and it gave me tips I can implement during law school and in my legal career.