How Improv Can Improve Attorneys’ Skills

Judge Megan Goldish
1 min readJan 24, 2024

Lawyers can improve and expand their legal knowledge and professional skills in many ways. According to the American Bar Association, one of the less conventional approaches is taking improv classes.

Improv, short for improvisation, is a spontaneous theatrical performance. Improv is often associated with comedy, but actors can apply improv techniques to any style or genre.

Improv classes teach many lessons that can be valuable to lawyers. Developing strong listening skills is paramount to excelling as an improv performer and lawyer. Positive, collaborative communication is especially beneficial in the legal profession. Improv performers often learn the early lesson of “Yes, and…” which involves taking a suggestion or scene idea and building on it.

Collaborative communication is vital in law firms where multiple lawyers work on the same case. Law firms often have competitive environments, but improv skills can highlight the effectiveness of teamwork.

Lastly, improv can help lawyers develop confidence and overcome self-doubt. Young, inexperienced lawyers should consider taking improv classes to develop their in-court personalities.

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Judge Megan Goldish
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Circuit Court of Cook County Judge Megan Goldish