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How Dungeons & Dragons Can Make You a Better Lawyer

Author: Bull Garlington – attorneyatwork.com

… Role-playing Dungeons & Dragons is practical training for attorneys…
… Your nonprofit, intellectual property and patent lawyers are like clerics, rogues and wizards…
… There’s an opportunity to hone your edge as a lawyer – and have fun while doing it. Like developing soft skills. You know all about soft skills because you read Forbes and you’re not an idiot, but here’s the thing: How do you grow them?...
… It makes you tweak soft skills like teamwork, adaptability, problem-solving and conflict resolution. These form the bedrock for the social and intangible building blocks of a good team. Or a great career in law. You are participating in a story — both telling and hearing it…

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Editor Comment:

I use soft skills developed through decades of tabletop RPGs every day to draw out client pain points, brainstorm solution scenarios and build team consensus. The military employs professional role players to support their operational live training scenarios. Depo prep and mock trials are role playing exercises. Although the article is campy and does not provide a lot of practical professional applications for leveraging game theory, it is wonderful to see someone embrace their inner geek.

 

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