University of Denver

The Practice Readiness Project for Chicago-Area Law School Students

The Practice Readiness Project for Chicago-Area Law School Students, or PREP Class, was created in 2013. The focus of the project is to help law schools develop curriculum that better educates students and prepares them for legal employment upon graduation. PREP began with a survey sent out to Chicago area lawyers asking them about the skills necessary for attorneys, with respondents ranking the training needs that law school should emphasize. A report on the PREP Class methodology, qualitiative and quantitative results, and recommendations followed. In 2014, a Chicago pilot program began that offered upperclass law students and recent graduates several no-fee classes on skills prioritized in the survey results.