August 25, 2011
What courses should law students take?
Over at the VC, Orinn Kerr reports on an interesting survey of GW alumni regarding which elective courses lawyers wish they had taken in law school and what courses they found most interesting.
I'm not sure how useful the study is, given the small sample size (particularly after breaking down results by practice area, which is the most useful way to look at the data--after all (as an example) a transactional tax lawyer at an AM Law 100 firm and a litigator at a small white collar boutique will find different courses to have been helpful).
That said, it is interesting that alumni did not list negotiations or legal drafting as useful, given the handwringing over law schools failure to teach these types of practical skills.
My thoughts on what courses transactional lawyers should take can be found here.
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