ERIC Number: ED479510
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-May
Reference Count: N/A
Final Report: LSAC Skills Analysis. Law School Task Survey. LSAC Research Report Series.
Luebke, Stephen W.; Swygert, Kimberly A.; McLeod, Lori D.; Dalessandro, Susan P.; Roussos, Louis A.
The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) Skills Analysis Survey identifies the skills that are important for success in law school. This information provides validity evidence for the current Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and guides the development of new test items and test specifications. The key question of the survey is "what academic tasks are fundamental to success in law school courses?" The survey asked law school faculty and students to rate the importance of 57 law school tasks in 14 skill-related categories as "highly,""moderately," or "somewhat" important or not important/not applicable for traditional first-year courses or upper division courses. There were 3,525 respondents from 41 law schools, of whom 457 were faculty members. Results show that students and faculty generally judged the most important tasks in most of the law school courses to involve Reading, Analyzing Cases or Legal Problems, Reasoning, Constructing Arguments, Problem Solving, Time Management, Listening, and Writing. Faculty judged Normative Thinking Tasks to have a similar degree of importance, but students ranked them somewhat lower. Reasoning tasks were not judged as important for success in most law school courses, although they were judged to be important for some courses. An appendix contains the survey. (Contains 15 figures and 3 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Law School Admission Council, Newtown, PA.
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Law School Admission Test