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Blog Posts by Zachariah DeMeola

Foundations for Practice: Tracking the Project’s Impact on Legal Education

Zachariah DeMeola
Since publishing the results of our Foundations for Practice survey, we have been using those results in the second phase of the project to work with select law schools to develop a set of learning outcomes, assessments, instructional designs, and hiring tools to instill and identify desired characteristics,...

Foundations for Practice, the "Whole Lawyer," and the Path to Competency for New Lawyers

Zachariah DeMeola
In the most recent issue of the Bar Examiner, Alli Gerkman and I discuss the perceived skills gap that affects employment for newly graduated law students, an issue that has even greater implications for the profession as a whole when new lawyers enter the workforce unprepared or underprepared.

A Teaching Roundtable: Building Foundations for Practice in Law School

Zachariah DeMeola
Many law school staff, administration, and faculty members have reached out to IAALS to learn more about how the foundations we have identified can improve their own programs, or to share with us how they use the foundations to inform their teaching models—and we are going to continue the conversation in an upcoming...

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-...

LawyerSlack Part 2: Prioritizing Life Experiences, Grit, Customer Service

Zachariah DeMeola
With nearly 30 percent of lawyers responding to our Foundations for Practice survey indicating that “life experience between college and law school” was “very helpful” (and another 49 percent saying it was “helpful”), why don’t lawyers discuss these experiences more on resumes or in interviews? The focus generally is...