Study done by the National Association of Law Placement (NALP) suggests Denver Law’s strategic plan right on target

“A recent study done by the National Association of Law Placement (NALP) seems to suggest our strategic plan is right on target.  The short of it is that newly minted lawyers are indicating overwhelmingly that they received a tremendous benefit from experiential learning opportunities, ” says Denver Law Dean Katz.

Click on the link below to go to the NALP site, where you can read the survey results in their entirety (PDF format).

http://www.nalp.org/lawyer_student_pd?s=survey%20of%20law%20school%20experiential%20learning

2 Responses to “Study done by the National Association of Law Placement (NALP) suggests Denver Law’s strategic plan right on target”

  1. DU Law says:

    What is not clear though [from the study] is the extent of benefit from non-clinical experiences.

    • DU Law says:

      Response from Dean Katz: Actually, the report suggests serious benefits from externships (60.1% reporting them as very useful), as well as clinics (63.1% reporting them as very useful). “Practice Skills” courses were reported as being good but less effective, with only 35.8% reporting them as very useful. My understanding from the other deans I have spoken to about this is that the primary issue in this part of the survey is a serious disparity in quality among different schools’ “Practice Skills” courses. For example, at many schools, the only practice skills program is Trial Advocacy, and in many cases that is taught by an adjunct with no real teaching experience. In other schools, like ours, we have carefully crafted course simulations like Roberto’s Labor Law or Ad Law courses. My best bet is that we will find our course simulations to be much more effective than this 35.8% nation-wide figure suggests.

      To me, this suggests a strong need for quality control (balanced against encouragement of innovation) and assessment in all of our modern learning endeavors.

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