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Legal Profession: Empirical Data on Lawyers' Careers
J.D. Seminar 1105 (cross-listed) | 1 credit hours
This course examines empirical research on lawyers and the structure of the legal profession. We will draw on quantitative and qualitative social science, to examine what we know about legal education and law schools, the paths through which lawyers build their careers, lawyer satisfaction, and analyses of which lawyers choose to (and are able to) attain elite positions within the profession. The course will provide social science insights into the role of social origins, gender, and race in legal careers. We will also study the rise of the large law firm, the differences between legal practice in large and small firms, and models for understanding the competition for promotion and partnership. Significant attention will be paid to empirical results from the "After the JD" study, the first nationally representative, longitudinal study of legal careers.
WEEK ONE COURSE. This seminar will meet for one week only, on the following days: Monday, January 7, 2013, through Friday, January 11, 2013, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. This course is mandatory pass/fail and will count toward the 7 credit pass/fail limit for J.D. students. Note: Attendance at all class sessions is mandatory and all enrolled students must attend the first class in order to remain enrolled. Students on the wait list must attend the first class in order to be admitted off the wait list. Enrolled students will have until Monday, January 7, 2013, 5:00 p.m. to drop this course.