Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The most useful law school electives according to the alums of one school

The Volokh conspiracy is reporting on a survey that asked alumni of George Washington U. Law School to pick the most useful elective they had as students as well as identify the course they wish they'd taken but didn't.  Out of the 13,000 surveyed, here's what the 576 who responded said:

The three most useful elective courses students took, according to the responses received:
1. Evidence — 156 respondents (27%)
2. Administrative Law — 120 respondents (21%)
3. Corporations — 105 respondents (18%)

Regarding the electives alums said that in hindsight they wished they'd taken, here are the results:

1. Complex litigation (50 votes)

2. Administrative law (48)

3. Pretrial advocacy (46)

4. Corporate finance (41)

5. Law & accounting (38)

And here's the list of courses that had high enrollments when the alums were students but did not make the list of important courses once they began practicing:

V]ery popular courses taken during that same period were Criminal Procedure (555 students), Negotiation (532 students), Legal Drafting (424 students), Trusts and Estates (423 students), and International Law (330 students). For those courses, their utility, as judged by our respondents, included Criminal Procedure (35), Negotiation (34), Legal Drafting (37), Trusts & Estates (19), and International Law (14)

You can read the original survey results and report from GW here and more commentary courtesy of the Wall Street Journal Law Blog here.

Hat tip ABA Journal blog.


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