Foundations for Practice

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...
Keith Lee
A while back, Alli Gerkman wrote about the importance of life experience for new lawyers. But lawyers often don’t discuss these experiences on resumes or in interviews. They try to keep their background “strictly legal.” But the Foundations for Practice survey indicates that employers are looking for new hires that...
Alli Gerkman
For years, there is one piece of advice I give prospective law students that hasn’t changed: take time off before you go to law school. Work, travel, volunteer. Do something that isn’t school. Experience the world, whatever that means to you. So it didn’t surprise me when lawyers responding to our Foundations for...
Guest Post
James Moliterno
Since 1982, I have been an experiential education proponent, but a somewhat unusual one. For my entire 35 years in legal education, I have lived with one foot on each side of the unfortunate and artificial divide that exists between, for lack of better terminology, experience-oriented faculty and classroom-oriented...
Carolyn A. Tyler
Zachary Willis
The latest IAALS report offers insights for legal employers and aims to close the employment gap. Many legal employers still rely on criteria like class rank, law school prestige, and law review participation to inform hiring decisions, but how effective are those criteria in making good hires? A study released today...
Mark Staines
Our Foundations for Practice project has permeated the profession as law schools and legal employers seek to bridge the gap between ensuring students learn the right skills and competencies to be successful in practice and ensuring legal employers have the best hiring criteria to secure the right candidates. In a...
Mark Staines
By now, anyone who is familiar with the Foundations for Practice study knows that the data gathered from the 24,000+ lawyers surveyed provides a gold mine of information for law schools, the legal profession (especially legal employers), and law students/recent grads. As a current law student, perhaps the most eye-...
Alli Gerkman
Last month, we gathered legal educators, practitioners, and judges from across the country for—wait for it—our 5th Annual Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Conference . As we kicked off the conference on the first day of fall, we reflected on the meaning of harvest. Harvest is a time to gather and appreciate everything you...
Carolyn A. Tyler
It’s September which means at IAALS, it's time for our 5th Annual Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers Conference . This year’s Conference comes fresh off the heels of ETL’s groundbreaking report, Foundations for Practice: The Whole Lawyer and the Character Quotient , which revealed the keys to career success. First lawyers...
Mark Staines
The results of our Foundations for Practice study continue to reverberate throughout law schools and the legal profession, and the concepts of “ The Whole Lawyer and the Character Quotient ” are being covered in the press as well. Recently, the Denver Business Journal spoke with Alli Gerkman, Director of Educating...

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