Academic institutions offer management programme for legal advisors

06 June 2019 3 min. read
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Three leading European academic institutions – Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University, the University of St. Gallen and Erasmus School of Law – have teamed up to develop a new programme for lawyers aiming to bolster their advisory and business partnering skills.

Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University (RSM) is the international business school of Erasmus University Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The institution offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes taught mostly in English, including MBA, executive education, and PhD programmes. The institute is involved in a number of initiatives to provide training for the professional services sector.

New to its curriculum is the four-day Management for Lawyers executive course, after which lawyers will be able to “work more effectively” with clients and team members within their organisation. Starting in Rotterdam in September 2019, the first two days of the course will occur on 27 and 28 September, and the second part will take place on 4 and 5 October. Run in collaboration with the Erasmus School of Law and Swiss business school St. Gallen, the course works to develop a unique selling proposition and build an improved business case for your practice by better positioning professionals for a disruptive market.Academic institutions team up to offer programme for legal advisorsThe course will arm legal experts with a higher understanding of global competition, as well as preparing them for the rise of technology being deployed to handle simple tasks. At the same time, it will help professionals to cope with the mounting levels of scrutiny the digital age has brought, amid a desire for greater legal transparency at top companies. Covering seven areas of managing a law firm, the programme focuses on trends and strategy, organisation and business models, customer focus and business development, personality and leadership, risk and crisis management, accounting and finance, and communication and presentation.

According to Hans Horstink, Learning and Development Manager at RSM, Erasmus University, who helped design and develop the programme, the new executive course aims to bridge this gap. Horstink added, “Understanding how business works is a very necessary skill, both to understand your clients as well as your own business, and to make it as profitable as possible. We combine academics from three great schools to give participants the very best learning experience. The schools bring in experience in the industry and the latest insights from business management science, to make the programme relevant.”

Asked what makes the programme in his eyes unique, Joost Steevens, Academic Projects Developer at Erasmus School of Law said, “This programme stands out because it focuses on management and business topics that are considered most relevant in a law firm environment at the moment, and is tailor-made for senior lawyers on a career path, junior partners, and other partners with responsibilities for clients, acquisition and associates.”