Dalhousie University’s Program in Law Practice Management: Registration open for October schedule

The new Law Practice Management program is designed to equip lawyers and managers in the legal profession with the knowledge, skills and competencies necessary to effectively and strategically manage a practice. 

Developed by Dalhousie’s Faculty of Management Executive Education unit, this program is offered in partnership with the Schulich School of Law. For complete details and registration information for the fall session, see www.dal.ca/execed/lpm.

Running a legal practice requires not only a strong grasp of the law, but also the skills to run a business. The details of running your office – marketing & social media, human resources, client care, finances, and sales – on top of practising law can be overwhelming, and may require you to draw on skills that were not necessarily part of your legal education. This program, taught by experienced leaders from legal practice and faculty in the Rowe School of Business, will develop the practice management skills you need to keep your business competitive and growing.

Program content

The program consists of six half-day modules, which may be taken stand-alone, and one full day capstone course. Registration in individual modules is permitted. However, completion of modules one through six is the pre-requisite for registration in module seven. A Certificate in Law Practice Management will be awarded upon completion of all seven modules.

Fall 2016 Schedule

Friday, October 14, 2016
Module 1: Introduction to Running the Law Practice as a Business

Friday, October 14, 2016
Module 2: Client Care

Saturday, October 15, 2016
Module 3: Law Practice Human Resource Management

Saturday, October 15, 2016
Module 4: Law Practice Sales and Marketing

Friday, October 28, 2016
Module 5: Financial Matters

Friday, October 28, 2016
Module 6: The Law Practice: Beyond Partnerships

Saturday, October 29, 2016
Module 7: Capstone Module: Interactive Case Study – Module seven is the capstone course, bringing together the learning from each module into an interactive, group-based case study. Completion of modules one through six is the prerequisite for registration in module seven.

Who should take this program?

This program is intended for practising lawyers, managers involved in running a law office, and law students preparing to enter practice.

Faculty

Our Faculty's backgrounds cover a broad spectrum of industry, consultancy, legal practice, politics and academia. Their diverse knowledge, skill and expertise will provide a rich classroom experience of practical application and relevancy to managing a law practice.

  • Dr. Ramon Baltazar is Assistant Professor of Management in the Rowe School of Business;
  • Lisa Gallivan is a partner at Stewart McKelvey;
  • Dr. Eddy Ng is a Professor and the F.C. Manning Chair in Economics and Business in the Rowe School of Business;
  • Prof. Jim Power is a Professor in the Rowe School of Business, as part of the Accounting area group;
  • Prof. Dan Shaw is a Professor in the Rowe School of Business; and
  • Prof. Graham Steele is a Professor in the Rowe School of Business.

Key takeaways

  • Learn how to apply business theory to the management of a law practice
  • Be able to create and execute on a relevant strategic plan
  • Achieve enhanced financial performance
  • Improve team dynamics and engagement
  • Create effective sales and marketing strategy

Participants who complete all the requirements of the Certificate program receive a Certificate of Completion in Executive Education, jointly issued by the Faculty of Management and the Schulich School of Law.