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.

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What are new lawyers missing? And how can schools and employers help grads hit the ground running? These questions are at the heart of Foundations for Practice.
Read our reports that analyze the results of the Foundations for Practice survey and set the stage for improving legal education and hiring practices.
View and compare results from our survey with this data visualization tool, based on 24,000 responses on the skills, characteristics, and competencies new lawyers need to succeed.

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