Thursday, February 22, 2018

What legal employers can learn from law profs about better training new attorneys for practice

That's the topic discussed in a new article by Professor Toree Randall (Western Michigan) called New-Lawyer Development Tips from the Law School Trenches published in this month's issue of the Michigan Bar Journal.  In short, Professor Randall writes to inform practitioners about the changes that have taken place in law schools since the MacCrate Report was published in 1992 with respect to the way professors teach and assess students in order to rethink their own attorney training methods. Here's an excerpt: 

Legal employers who invest in new graduates naturally expect much in return. They want motivated and practice-ready new lawyers who will make a fast start—both in terms of performing actual legal work without (much) supervision and playing a professional role in the business of law practice. So while most employers recognize the inevitable learning curve for their new hires, many become understandably frustrated when the on-ramp to productivity seems to run indefinitely.


In light of recent legal-education innovations, employers and law schools stand poised to shorten that on-ramp between young attorneys’ legal education and productive legal careers. Law schools are working harder than ever to develop new approaches to deliver the practice-ready graduates that employers expect. The lessons learned in implementing these new educational ideas can provide valuable perspective for legal employers. By building upon recent legal education trends, employers can more effectively develop their new lawyers and realize better returns on their talent investments.


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