Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2013

Publication Source

Ohio Northern University Law Review

Abstract

What do legal employers expect from new law school graduates? What skills and competencies do employers value most? With the slow legal hiring market and the pressure on law schools to produce graduates with adequate skills to enter law practice, these are burning questions at law schools today. We went directly to typical employers of our law school’s graduates to find the answers.

This Article describes the original research of a Bar Outreach Project formed by three legal research and writing professors at the University of Dayton School of Law. We conducted formal focus groups with legal employers and used that data to support updates and revisions to our legal writing courses. This Article describes the methodology of using focus groups for research, discusses the results of our conversations with employers, and offers recommendations for updating legal writing instruction to reflect employer preferences.

Inclusive pages

505-553

ISBN/ISSN

0094-534X

Document Version

Published Version

Comments

The document is made available for download with the permission of the author and the publisher. Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher

Ohio Northern University

Volume

39

Issue

2

Volume

39

Issue

2

Peer Reviewed

yes


Included in

Law Commons

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