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ERIC Number: ED141240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Results of YLS Survey on Specialization/Relicensing.
Peterson, Mark A.
The paper discusses a study which was conducted to identify and analyze attitudes of young lawyers towards legal specialization and relicensing of lawyers. A sample of 1485 readers of "Barrister Magazine" participated in the study. Lawyers responding to the survey valued specialization both as a means for providing better legal services and as an attractive feature for lawyers. With regard to the structure of specialization programs, responding lawyers showed a strong preference for programs of certification rather than self-designation. Most responding lawyers would require attendance at continuing legal education courses and some form of screening process to determine which lawyers should be recognized as specialists. Despite general support for specialization programs, nonspecialists, new lawyers, and lawyers practicing in small offices indicated concern that specialization programs would adversely affect their own practice. The questionnaire responses also showed strong support for relicensing programs and for mandatory continuing education courses as an appropriate vehicle for improving the quality of legal practice. Survey questions and their results by specialty status, location, length of practice, and size of office are presented and discussed in tables which conclude the study. (Author/DB)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Educational Improvement, Higher Education, Lawyers, Legal Education, Professional Continuing Education, Professional Education, Professional Occupations, Questionnaires, Refresher Courses, Special Programs, Specialists, Specialization, Standards, Surveys, Tables (Data)
Publications Department, The Rand Corporation, 1700 Main Street, Santa Monica, California 90406 ($1.50 paper cover)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rand Corp., Santa Monica, CA.