Monday, July 15, 2013
Christine Bartholomew, at SUNY-Buffalo, has written a very helpful article onTime: An Empirical Analysis of Law Student Time Management Deficiencies. She acknowledges LRW professors' role on the front line of teaching time managment and provides information and ideas that every law professor should find helpful. Here's her abstract:
Article begins the much needed research on law students’ time famine.
Time management complaints begin early in students’ legal education and
generally go unresolved. As a result, practicing attorneys identify time
famine as a leading cause of job dissatisfaction. To better arm
graduating students, law schools must treat time as an essential
component of practice-readiness. Unfortunately, most law schools ignore
their students’ time management concerns, despite growing calls for
greater 'skills' training in legal education.
"To date, legal scholarship has overlooked psychological research on time management. Yet, this research is an essential starting point to effective instruction. Rather than viewing time management as a singular concept, this research shows it is actually multi-dimensional, compromised of multiple time structure skills and behaviors. This more nuanced understanding of time management means each dimension can be isolated, measured, and remediated. Rather than a shotgun approach, law schools can tailor instruction to law students’ specific deficiencies.
"To help identify these deficiencies, this Article presents a psychometric study of 1Ls – the first study to ever quantify law students’ time management problems. The study identifies five specific dimensions 1Ls lack: perceived control, present orientation, structured routine, goal setting, and mechanics. Using this information, the Article offers tailored advice on incorporating skills across the curriculum to help remedy these deficiencies. By learning foundational time management skills during law school, students have at least a fighting chance of managing time famine in practice."