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Alli Gerkman
Corina D. Gerety
A year ago, we launched Foundations for Practice and kicked off a study to achieve the project’s first objective: to identify the foundations entry-level lawyers need to practice law. In late 2014, we began distributing a survey to lawyers across the country to do just that. Working with state bar organizations, we...
Hunter Metcalf
The 2015 Annual Meeting of The Association of American Law School (AALS), entitled Legal Education at the Crossroads , provided much discussion around the critical choices facing law schools. Alli Gerkman, Director of Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers , was on hand and served as a panelist regarding The Future of Educating...
Hunter Metcalf
A recent paper identified areas where legal employers’ expectations concerning law students and recent graduates diverge. Through an anonymous survey sent to law firm employers, the professors gathered information in 3 primary areas: 1) hiring lawyers’ expectations regarding writing samples that accompany job...
Hunter Metcalf
Many law schools are answering the call for “practice-ready” graduates by implementing and growing clinical programs, externships, and simulation courses. The National Jurist recently announced its 2015 Best Schools for Practical Training , with rankings and grades given to schools based on the percentage of their...
Hunter Metcalf
The prestige of your law school is not all that counts when it comes to making partner at a big law firm. In a recent study of 33,000 lawyers at the largest 115 law firms in the country, it was shown that a large number of partners came from “less prestigious” law schools. Unsurprisingly, the top schools had a high...
Alli Gerkman
Mark your calendars! The 4th Annual Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Conference will take place October 1-3, 2015, in Denver, Colorado, and will center on our Foundations for Practice project. We will debut the results of our national study to participants and look to them to help us shape the lessons, recommendations,...
Hunter Metcalf
Jeffrey Thaler, Visiting Professor and University Counsel at the University of Maine, recently published a paper on Meeting Law Students' Experiential Needs in the Classroom: Building an Administrative Law Practicum Implementing the Revised ABA Standards . Thaler hopes others can use this approach to help students be...
Hunter Metcalf
Whether law students are practice-ready after graduation depends greatly upon whom you ask. In BARBRI's first “State of the Legal Field Survey,” 70% of third-year law students thought they possessed “sufficient practice skills” and 76% believed they were ready to practice law “right now.” However, practitioners...

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