cross-posted from Prawfsblawg, where I am guest-posting for the next few days:
from a group of Harvard Law professors.
The reader can, without my help, think of various caveats about this study. (I will just mention one: there was a very selective group of employers surveyed).
Nonetheless, some interesting takeaways:
- Emphasis on business-related courses. Not only traditional business law courses, but also accounting & financial reporting;
- Intellectual property courses preferred. Three IP courses — survey course, patents, and copyright — on short list;
- Administrative law. Finally! Some validation of what I have been telling law students for two decades
Despite the limitations of the study, the general project of asking practicing lawyers what students should study in law school strikes me as a worthwhile one. Let’s see some more systematic surveys!
and, further, they say that they would do this again.
These and other interesting conclusions from major study conducted by American Bar Foundation researchers. Here is a short press report (with an unfortunate title, which rely belies the basic thrust of the study).
I will post more on the “After the JD” study anon.
In addition to high ranking in previous post, here is some additional data from NLJ:
Go-to law firms for selected major law firms. Baker & McKenzie, Kirkland & Ellis, and McDermott, Will, & Emery are at the top for NU Law.
Associates to partner has Northwestern in the high echelon.
Here is a chart that juxtaposes go-to law firm ranking with U.S. News rankings. NU Law overperforms more than any other law school in the T14.
Finally, the last chart is interesting. It puts NU Law in the highest quintile for overall value (placement/cost).
This is actual data, not surveys. Gives some very useful perspective on the question of comparative success in one (though certainly not the only) measure of law school success.
Nice article in Chicago Daily Bulletin about Savner gift of $1 million to enable new classroom for innovative education.
While the focus here is usually on the technology, the critical point is that this type of innovation allows for teamwork and collaborative education, all central to new and improved ways of teaching and learning.