Phase One: Survey & Results
The first phase of our Foundations for Practice project identified the foundations that entry-level lawyers need to launch successful careers in the legal profession.
In a first-of-its-kind survey, we asked, "What makes a new lawyer successful?" More than 24,000 lawyers from all 50 states answered.
What we learned is that new lawyers need more than IQ and EQ to be successful. They also need CQ: Character Quotient. In fact, 76% of characteristics (thinks like integrity, work ethic, common sense, and resilience) were identified by a majority of respondents as necessary right out of law school.
Beyond character, new lawyers are successful when they come to the job with a broad blend of legal skills, professional competencies, and characteristics that comprise what we call the "whole lawyer."
IAALS identified leaders in the profession from diverse locations, practice settings, and affinity groups to guide our Foundations for Practice project.