ERIC Number: ED328299
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1990-Jan-15
Long-Term Follow-Up Study of Legal Tech Graduates, 1984-1988. Volume XVIII, No. 5.
Lucas, John A.; Hildebrandt, Sharrie
In order to provide information for the 1989-90 program review at William Rainey Harper College (WRHC) and to fulfill American Bar Association accreditation guidelines, a long-term, follow-up study was conducted of all Legal Tech program alumni who graduated between 1984 and 1988. A telephone survey generated usable responses from 106 (73%) of the 145 program graduates. Study findings, which were compared with results of the annual 1-year follow-up of Legal Tech graduates, included the following: (1) 35% of the respondents had continued their education elsewhere after graduation from WRHC; (2) 3 years after graduation, 58% of the graduates were employed in a law-related field, 27% were employed in a non-related law field, and 15% were unemployed; (3) about 13% were in job situations contrary to preference; (4) after 1 year, 45% of the graduates were still working in the same job they held while enrolled at WRHC, and, after 3 years, 24% were still working in the same job; (5) after being away from WRHC for 3 years, 61% of the graduates still worked in the WRHC district or surrounding suburbs; (6) graduates working in law-related positions earned slightly more per year than those in positions not related to law ($23,500 versus $22,900); and (7) in response to open-ended questions about program areas needing improvement, the most frequently cited needs were for a better placement service, an internship program, and more hands-on experiences. A list of graduates' job titles and their employers, the survey instrument, and detailed data tables are included. (JMC)
Descriptors: College Graduates, Community Colleges, Comparative Analysis, Education Work Relationship, Employment Patterns, Graduate Surveys, Job Satisfaction, Law Related Education, Legal Assistants, Longitudinal Studies, Participant Satisfaction, Questionnaires, Telephone Surveys, Two Year Colleges, Vocational Followup
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: William Rainey Harper Coll., Palatine, IL. Office of Planning and Research.