Working Together in Law

Teamwork and Small Group Skills for Legal Professionals

by Eileen Scallen, Sophie M. Sparrow, Cliff Zimmerman

Tags: Legal Profession/Professional Responsibility

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170 pp  $25.00

ISBN 978-1-59460-591-8
eISBN 978-1-5310-1445-2

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Modern legal professionals frequently work in small groups and teams. This concise and practical book is designed to help current and future legal professionals develop the cooperative and collaborative skills they need to work with others effectively.

This book is not a cliché-laden plea for teamwork in all circumstances. The fundamental premise of the text is that when collaborative work is performed appropriately and thoughtfully, the advantages significantly outweigh the disadvantages. The book explains: (1) when group work is more beneficial than individual work; (2) when a small work group project is more appropriate than a team project; and (3) when some teams are likely to outperform others.

This pioneering book helps readers maximize the benefits — and minimize problems — when working collaboratively. It incorporates the best contemporary research on group dynamics, conflict resolution, and decision making. To illustrate these concepts, the text uses a wide range of examples — including the growing use of virtual legal work groups or teams. The book is designed to be used as a supplemental text in a variety of courses or as a guide in any law firm or in-house counsel setting in which legal professionals are expected to work together to produce high quality legal work.

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