Foundations for Practice

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...
Zachary Willis
Mark Staines
After the release of the first two reports from our Foundations for Practice project, Law Week Colorado published an article highlighting the groundbreaking findings, which “have the power to radically shift the discussion about what law schools teach and how employers hire and motivate a different approach to...
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...
Carolyn A. Tyler
Zachary Willis
Today, aspiring lawyers across the country will sit for a bar examination that is intended to test their preparation for practice and will determine whether they will join the ranks of the legal profession this fall. While the bar examination has long been the measurement of what law graduates need in order to enter...
Mark Staines
As law schools across the country strive to produce lawyers who can hit the ground running—and as we gear up to launch our Foundations for Practice findings—Alli Gerkman, Director of Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers , has been hitting the road around the country to explain how legal educators and employers can work...

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