Foundations for Practice

Lawyers, judges, and clients have been consistent in their call for new lawyers who can hit the ground running. Call it what you like—practice-ready, client-ready, or just plain ready—the charge is clear. But what are the competencies, skills, characteristics, and qualities that new lawyers need to be ready? Foundations for Practice is a first-of-its-kind effort to answer that question.

Project Objectives

  1. Identify the foundations entry-level lawyers need to succeed in the practice of law.
  2. Develop measurable models of legal education that support those foundations.
  3. Align market needs with hiring practices to incentivize positive improvements.

Gathering the Data

In its first phase, Foundations for Practice is partnering with state bar organizations to conduct a national survey of lawyers and a follow-up series of roundtables with legal employers and members of the profession. The survey will inquire of lawyers across the profession what they believe to be the competencies, skills and attributes that new lawyers need to succeed.

Members of the profession on why they’re participating in this important project.
Thirty-seven states have distributed the survey to lawyers.
We collaborate with leaders who represent the many shapes and sizes of lawyers, employers, and the legal profession.
The survey is just the beginning!
Alli Gerkman will be speaking at a number of events in 2015 and 2016 about the Foundations for Practice study and results.

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