DIAMONDS IN THE DUST: Why Lawyers Make the Ideal Candidate for CEO

A Note by Soha Abdurrahman

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One might expect that after completing three years of law school the next step would be to enter into a law firm and practice law until retirement.  Yet that idea is changing.  Lawyers are no longer just becoming lawyers.[1]  In reality, lawyers are using their degree for so much more—and one destination for them is all the way at the top: Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  This paper acknowledges that lawyers that become CEO make a difference.  But it is not due to external factors, but rather the skill sets innate to lawyers that allow them to get to the top.

          [1].                        Leanne Fuith, Creating the Lawyer as Business Leader, 43 Mitchell Hamline L. Rev. 1095, 1096 (2017),