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Blog Posts by Alli Gerkman

The Whole Lawyer: Small Variations among Law Firm Sizes (And Conclusion)

Zachariah DeMeola
Logan Cornett
Alli Gerkman
In the last blog, we explained that the 77 foundations survey respondents identified as being necessary for new lawyers in the short term are largely consistent and definitive across respondents. Still, there were a few differences that highlight foundations some practice settings emphasize over others. Similarly,...

The Whole Lawyer: Small Variations Across Practice Settings

Zachariah DeMeola
Logan Cornett
Alli Gerkman
In our previous blog, we explained that the 77 foundations survey respondents identified as being necessary for new lawyers immediately upon graduation from law school are consistent and definitive throughout the practice of law. The similarities we saw in responses across demographics, firm sizes, and practice-...

Clients First: Placing Legal Consumers at the Center of Legal Education

Alli Gerkman
A couple years ago, IAALS co-sponsored a conference called Client-Centric Legal Services. While there were many interesting takeaways, there was one that I still think about all the time. A speaker suggested that, in legal education, we spend so much time thinking about how to teach students to think like lawyers that...

Let's Stop Arguing About Unemployment Rates for New Lawyers and Start Fixing Them

Alli Gerkman
In January, I had the opportunity to present the results of IAALS’ Foundations for Practice study at the Association of American Law Schools’ Annual Meeting as part of the President’s Program. As always, I began my talk by framing the problems we are trying to fix through our work, and among the problems we simply...

Foundations for Practice: The Future for Law Students, Law Schools, and the Profession

Alli Gerkman
Thirteen years ago this week, I took the bar exam in Colorado. Later, sitting in my new office in my new law firm with my new computer and my new-to-me view of Denver, I distinctly remember swiveling in my office chair, thinking, “What exactly is it that I do here and how will I know if I’m doing it well?” I had been...