Friday, October 27, 2006
Nancy Rapoport's post over at Money Law on the Business Week ranking of business school reminded me that back at the end of September I started to write the post that follows, and left it sitting back in the dusty cybervaults of TypePad.
Here, unabridged and unedited from about a month ago is additional fuel for Nancy's fire:
The Wall Street Journal (Sept. 20) ran its annual special report on business schools as ranked by corporate recruiters. The most interesting thing about it was not the result, but what attributes in students the recruiters said they most valued. According to the WSJ, the following percentages of corporate recruiters considered these attributes important in evaluating business schools and their graduates.
89.0%: Communication and interpersonal skills
86.9: Ability to work well within a team
86.2: Personal ethics and integrity
84.3: Analytical and problem-solving skills
82.9: Work ethic
74.5: Fit with the corporate culture
74.0: Success with past hires
72.5: Leadership potential
67.1: Strategic thinking
64.9: Likelihood of recruiting "stars"
Here are the questions that keep coming back to me:
1. How would law firm, corporate, and government agency recruiters rank the important attributes for law schools and their J.D. graduates (as opposed to M.B.A.s)?
2. Do business schools and their faculties address these attributes as part of teaching and research?
* * *
I know I had more questions, but I can't remember them anymore.