Formation of VLS Student

(including personal formation, professional formation, career strategy, academic support, etc.)

Group Members

Michele R. Pistone (Chair) – Professor of Law, Director, Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services (CARES)
David Caudill – Professor of Law, Arthur M. Goldberg Family Chair
Keith Fogg – Professor of Law
Michael Moreland – Associate Professor of Law
Nancy Whalen – Director of Student Affairs
LaRasz Moody – Director of Academic Success Programs

Discussion Question 1

Envision yourself as a Villanova Lawyer in 2020, what experiences at VLS or with its community could have or did help you to become the lawyer you envision (both professionally and personally)?

Discussion Question 2

We are looking into learning goals and assessment. Tell us about how you learn best. What learning experiences at VLS really stick with you? Why? What kind of feedback and assessment did you get? What worked well to advance your learning and why? What was less effective in terms of learning goals and why?

Helpful Resources

Employment and Marketplace for Law Graduates

Karen Sloan, Elite Firms Seem to Have Lost Their Appetites (February 27, 2012)

NALP, The Future of Lawyer Hiring, Development & Advancement Roundtable Series

Tom Huddleston, Jr., Hildebrandt/Citi Report Sees Legal Market Growth Lagging Again in 2012 (February 15, 2012)

NALP, Employment Patterns 1999-2010 (August 2011)

NALP, Part-time Work Among Lawyers Declined for First Time in 17 Years (January 19, 2012)

NALP, Entry-level and Lateral Hiring

Jeff Blumenthal, Down by Law (February 24)

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-11 Edition – Lawyers (June 7, 2011)

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2010-11 Edition – 2008-18 Projections (December 3, 2010)

Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment and Wages (May 2010)

Richard Susskind, End of Lawyers (January 15, 2009)

Menachem Wecker, In a Tough Job Market, Law Grads Use J.D.s for Nonlegal Work (September 30, 2011)

Yale Law School, Lawyers in Business (2011-2012)

Yale Law School Career Development Office, Alternative Legal Careers

Texas at Austin School of Law, Alternative Careers for Lawyers

NALP Alternative Careers Committee, Alternative Careers for Lawyers: Web Sites of Interest (2008)

South Texas College of Law, What Can I Do with a Law Degree? (November 27, 2006)

University of Iowa Law Library, Alternative Legal Careers (November 2010)

Jennifer Bard, I’m Interested in Health Law: Now Where Can I Get a Job? (January 24, 2008)

Assessment of Student Learning

Mary A. Lynch, An Evaluation of Ten Concerns About Using Outcomes in Legal Education (December 8, 2011)

Review of Australian Higher Education: Final Report, Executive Summary (Page 19)

Australian Government, Review of Australian Higher Education: Final Report (December 2008, Page 115)

Gregory S. Munro, Outcomes Assessment for Law Schools (2000, Page 181)

Debrorah Nusche, Assessment of Learning Outcomes in Higher Education: A Comparative Review of Selected Practices (February 29, 2008)

Geoff Scott, University Student Engagement and Satisfaction with Learning and Teaching (September 1, 2008)

Mark Yates, The Carnegie Effect: Elevating Practical Training Over Liberal Education in Curricular Reform (September 9, 2011)

Nantiya Ruan, Experiential Learning in the First-Year Curriculum: The Public-Interest Partnership (Fall 2011)

NALP, 2010 Survey of Law School Experiential Learning Opportunities and Benefits

Gerald F. Hess, Heads and Hearts: The Teaching and Learning Environment in law School (2002)

Leah M. Christensen, Predicting Law School Success: A Study of Goal Orientations, Academic Achievement, and the Declining Self-Efficacy of Our Law Students (2009)

Leah M. Christensen, The Power of Skills Training: A Study of Lawyering Skills Grades as the Strongest Predictor of Law School Success (Or In Other Words, It’s Time For Legal Education to Get Serious About Skills Training If We Care About How Our Students Learn (2009)

Kennon M. Sheldon and Lawrence S. Krieger, Does Legal Education have Undermining Effects on Law Students? Evaluating Changes in Motivation, Values, and Well-Being (2004)

Lawrence S. Krieger, The Inseparability of Professionalism and Personal Satisfaction: Perspectives on Values, Integrity and Happiness (2004-2005)

Kennon M. Sheldon and Lawrence S. Krieger, Understanding the Negative Effects of the Legal Education on Law Students: A Longitudinal Test and Extension of Self-Determination Theory (May 4, 2007)

Bridget A. Maloney, Distress Among the Legal Profession: What Law Schools Can Do About It (2001)

The People’s Therapist, The Cart and the Horse (September 8, 2010)

Skills for the 21st Century

Carnegie Report, Educating Lawyers (Available in the VLS Law Library)

Daniel H. Pink, A Whole New Mind (March 7, 2006)

Michelle M. Harner, The Value of ‘Thinking Like a Lawyer‘ (2011)

Earl Martin and Gerald Hess, Developing a Skills and Professionalism Curriculum – Process and Product (March 18, 2010)

Stephen Gerst and Gerald Hess, Professional Skills and Values in Legal Education: the GPS Model (2009)

Eugene Clark, Looking Forward: Challenges Facing Legal Education in the 21st Century (2010)

Judith W. Wegner, Reframing Legal Education’s Wicked Problems (2009)

Cassandra Louise Hill, Peer Editing: A Comprehensive Pedagogical Approach to Maximize Assessment Opportunities, Integrate Collaborative Learning, and Achieve Desired Outcomes (July 25, 2010)

Judith Maute, Lawyering in the 21st Century

Paul F. Kirgis, The Knowledge Guild: The Legal Profession in an Age of Technological Change – Review of Richard Susskind,’The End of Lawyers? Rethinking the Nature of Legal Services’ (August 2010)

Georgia Tech Center for 21st Century Universities – This website features a number of articles on innovative practices including things like MITx, ibooks and digital textbooks and innovation and affordability.

Personal Formation

Marjorie A Silver, Supporting Attorneys’ Personal Skills (2009)

Gary A. Munneke, Personal Management Skills: Getting the Most Out of Every Day (June 1, 2008)

Professional Formation

Jeffrey A. Brauch, Faith-based Law Schools and an Apprenticeship in Professional Indentity (Spring 2011)


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