July 21, 2005
Lawyers Returning for Leadership Lessons
An interesting story in the New York Law Journal highlights the need in the profession for lawyers to be trained as leaders, or, as the article points out, retrained as leaders.
The new training programs are an apparent response from a gap in the skills of lawyers to adapt their management styles amid the changing landscape of law firms and the trend toward mergers.
"The advent of these new leadership training programs apparently comes from a void in the education market. Law firms decry a lack of training in law schools as a big reason for starting their own leadership training programs," the article notes.
"Most schools do not have law firm management courses, and those that do so usually offer them as electives. Moreover, the courses generally are geared toward solo or small-firm management and focus on setting up practices."
Are we seeing a beginning of a new trend of training in law schools? (els)
July 20, 2005
Learning Styles Assessment Info
Dr. Amy L. Jarmon, Assistant Dean for Academic Success Programs at Texas Tech University School of Law, alerted me to this choc-fulla-assessment-tools site.
The Policy Center on the First Year of College is located on the campus of Brevard College in North Carolina. That "policy center" welcomes you (us) to the Learning Styles Assessment Instruments Resource Page.
The page contains information on selected assessment instruments which are often used to assess student learning styles.
Caveat: "The information is provided as a service to higher educators. We do not specially endorse any particular instrument, but rather provide information so that readers can make informed choices on their own." (I second that.)
What kinds of learning style assessment instruments are featured? Oh, how about Field Dependence/Field Independence Instruments, Jungian Instruments, Sensory Instruments, Social Interaction Instruments, Multiple Intelligences Instruments, Approaches to Learning Instruments, and Multiple Model Instruments. What's left?
Thank you, Amy! (djt)
July 19, 2005
I Just Play One on TV
File this one under, "I'm not making this up."
Q: Are you a lawyer?
A: No, I just applied to play one on tv.
A new reality show will air next week, ironically, at the same time as the bar examinations around the country. The premise?
Lawyers, with two to twelve years of experience, will compete for who is the best attorney at the end of a trial.
Listen to the pre-show trash talk, as reported by Thomas Adcock on July 18 in The New York Law Journal:
"Q: Why do you think you are a better lawyer than the other associates?
A: "Most lawyers end up in law school still with a silver spoon in their mouths. I didn't. I had to fight for it," said Mike. "I dropped out of high school when I was 16, and only made it back on the academic track when I was 23."
A: "Sass and ass," said Anika. "I am feisty, quick-thinking, articulate, and have that in-your-face savvy ... The 'ass' -- well, it's not what you think!"
And the MacCrate values fit in where? (els)
New York Bar Controversy
While the rise in the minimum bar examination score in New York has gained widespread attention, an interesting exploration is underway within the jurisdiction that could impact the certification process of new attorneys around the country.
A special committee will examine New York's system of bar admission, including the value of the test and possible alternatives to the bar examination as a measure of competence to practice law.
I, for one, am interested in keeping my eye on this issue. Like many directors of ASP Offices, my job also includes a charge of helping the 3Ls to improve their likelihood of passing the bar examination. (Yes, a small job).
While the issue of plummeting bar passage rates can be rife with finger pointing - pointing fingers at students for being unprepared, bar examiners for being unfair, and teachers for abrogating their responsibilities - an evaluation of the testing tool itself sounds like an important inquiry. (els)
Learning Style Survey
Recently, someone asked about learning style surveys (on the ASP list serve). Several years ago, I found this online survey ... not only did it work for me (determining my learning styles very accurately), but my students report that they find it very helpful.
This Learning Style Survey for College was developed by Catherine Jester, Learning Disability Specialist at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California. It was adapted for the internet by Suzanne Miller (pictured here), a DVC Instructor of Math and Multimedia.
The introductory material explains that the survey displays results immediately, then provides specific learning strategies matching the students' unique learning style mix .