Law-Student Survey Finds Correlation Between Academic Performance and Interaction With Professors (Chronicle of Higher Ed)

By PAULA WASLEY

Law-school students who interact more frequently with faculty members than their classmates do say they have a more developed sense of professional ethics, a national survey whose findings were released on Friday found.

According to the 2006 Law School Survey of Student Engagement, faculty-student interaction has a greater impact on students’ perceptions of their own success at law school than does the amount of time they spend studying or participating in cocurricular activities like moot courts and internships. The survey found that students who felt their professors to be available, helpful, and sympathetic were generally more positive about their experiences at law school than their classmates who did not see their professors in that way.

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A full report on the survey, “Engaging Legal Education: Moving Beyond the Status Quo,” is available online.

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