Question of the Week

Do law firms care what classes new lawyers took in law school?


Image from Shutterstock.

A while back on the Twitter feed for Mootus, a platform for “open online legal argument”, this question was asked: Do law firms care what classes new lawyers took in law school?

So this week, that’s our question for you. Were you asked about the law school classes you took when you first looked for jobs? If you have ever hired new lawyers, did you inquire about the classes on their law school transcripts? Do you think, like U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, that students should focus on “bread-and-butter” courses?

Answer in the comments.

Read the answers to last week’s question: Did your law professors keep their personal opinions out of the classroom?

Featured answer:

Posted by ACF: “Robert Bork was my constitutional law professor. He didn’t hide his opinion of the Warren Court from us and few, if any, of us agreed with his point of view. But when he chided us for what he saw as our misguided, naive liberalism, it was with humor (he once suggested that one of my classmates move up the street to the divinity school) and it made us justify our opinions. I’ve always thought it was fine for professors to express their personal opinions of court decisions and fine for students to agree or disagree.”

Do you have an idea for a future question of the week? If so, contact us.

We welcome your comments, but please adhere to our comment policy and the ABA Code of Conduct.

Commenting is not available in this channel entry.