ERIC Number: ED207660
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jul-1
Follow-Up of Students Who Majored and Are Majoring in Legal Technology. Volume 10, Number 15.
Hildebrandt, Sharrie; Lucas, John A.
In fall 1979, a study was conducted at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) to determine the characteristics, attitudes, and activities of former and present students in the Legal Technology Program. All students enrolled in a selected Legal Technology course between fall 1974 and fall 1979 were included in the survey. The questionnaire solicited information on current educational status, educational and employment background, use of the Learning Resource Center (LRC), evaluation of the LRC's legal technology collection, employment status, suggestions for courses, need for placement assistance, job responsibilities, job search method, income, work location, transfer of credit, grade point average (GPA), and use and evaluation of counseling services. In addition, relationships were studied between aptitude (as measured by the Watson Glaser Test), performance (as measured by GPA), and outcomes (as measured by degree attainment, employment in a related field, and salary). Selected findings, based on a 68% response rate, include the following: (1) first-job responsibilities changed toward real estate, litigation, and corporate law and away from probate, personal injury or tort law, and criminal law; (2) graduates were more involved in legal research and records than in documents, secretarial duties, and organizing tasks; and (3) about 40% of the former students achieved a degree and, of these, more than half found legal-related employment. The questionnaires are appended. (AYC)
Descriptors: College Graduates, College Libraries, Education Work Relationship, Educational Background, Employment, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Grade Point Average, Graduate Surveys, Job Search Methods, Legal Assistants, Occupational Information, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, Student Characteristics, Two Year College Students, Use Studies, Vocational Aptitude, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL.