Lawyer Effectiveness

December 6, 2012

Lawyer Effectiveness Factors

A six-year study by a Berkeley Law School professor and a UC Berkeley professor of psychology identifies 26 lawyer effectiveness factors.

Can a test that measures these factors be developed to compliment the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) and better predict success in law school and as a lawyer?

Should law schools continue to use the current measures of intellect: GPA and LSAT score, to manage the thousands of extra applicants that they lack the capacity to admit?

The factors are not as you might imagine them. “If you look at the 26 factors, you’ll see that the focus is on behaviors that make for effective lawyering in a variety of contexts,” says Sheldon Zedeck, one of the co-authors of the study.

They include passion and engagement, questioning and interviewing, and integrity/honesty.

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