ERIC Number: ED214443
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
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Survey of University of Toledo Legal Assisting Technology Graduates.
Robon, Nancy C.
Graduates of the Legal Assisting Technology program at the University of Toledo were surveyed in 1981, as part of the requirement of the American Bar Association Approval Process. Questionnaires, which are appended, were sent to graduates and employers. In addition to curriculum, information was gathered with respect to the job placement, counseling, and salary. Of the 105 graduates of the program, followup information was obtained for 80. For the 31 legal assistants/paralegals who consented to a survey of their employers, 24 employers responded. Of the 80 graduates, 55 were employed in legal related work, 11 were in unrelated work, 11 were full-time students, and 3 were not actively seeking employment. Of the 24 attorney respondents, 23 were satisfied with the graduates' performance, while one was not. Twenty-six graduates were continuing their education full-time, while 11 were part-time, and some were also taking continuing education courses from the local bar or the local legal assisting association. Information is also presented on the following areas: time needed to secure legal assisting jobs, how the first professional position was secured, how attorneys learned of the program, promotion of legal assistants, length of employment, the distance applicants lived from the university, financing of legal assisting education, time taken to complete degree, ability to type, time spent on present professional position, time spent in various areas of law, importance of various courses in curriculum, what was particularly meaningful about the two-year experience in the program, and 1981 salaries of legal assisting graduates. Based on the findings, additional courses for the program are recommended. (SW)
Descriptors: Associate Degrees, College Curriculum, Education Work Relationship, Employee Attitudes, Employer Attitudes, Employment Opportunities, Employment Patterns, Followup Studies, Graduate Surveys, Higher Education, Institutional Research, Job Skills, Legal Assistants, Professional Continuing Education, Salaries, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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