The full name of the report is: Legal Education and Professional Development -- An Educational Continuum. Report of The Task Force on Law Schools and the Profession: Narrowing the Gap, published by the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. July 1992.
The report is divided into these sections: The profession for which lawyers must prepare. A vision of the skills and values new lawyers should seek to acquire. The educational continuum through which lawyers acquire their skills and values. Recommendations of the Task Force. Appendices.
This key report is available on the Web only in excerpt format. In book form, 414 pages long, it masterfully summarizes the history and composition of the legal profession and of legal education and continuing legal education. The centerpiece of the Task Force report is the Statement of Fundamental Lawyering Skills and Professional Values. The report groups essential skills under these headings: problem solving, legal analysis and reasoning, legal research, factual investigation, communication, counseling, negotiation, litigation and alternative dispute resolution procedures, organization and management of legal work, and recognizing and resolving ethical dilemmas. Fundamental values are grouped under the headings: provision of competent representation, striving to promote justice, fairness, and morality, striving to improve the profession, and professional self-development.