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The Student, the Situation and Performance During the First Year of Law School

Patton, Michael J.
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RM-67-20, LSAC-67-03
ETS Research Memorandum
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Academic Achievement, Background, Law Students, Longitudinal Studies, Performance Factors, Student Adjustment


At the LSAT Council meeting in June 1966, several new avenues for research and service were proposed by the Ad Hoc Committee on Student Background Factors as a direct outgrowth of their report submitted to the Executive Committee of the LSAT Council in June 1966. One proposed project involved interviews with law students who had also participated in the prior research sponsored by the Ad Hoc Committee. The purpose of this project was to generate hypotheses regarding factors which cause a student's performance in law school to vary significantly from his/hers predicted performance. More explicitly, our aim was to identify and investigate some of the various forms of influence upon individual performance during the first year in law school. It was hoped that questions could be raised about relationships between a student's responses to the first year of law school and his/hers academic achievement.

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