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"Sociolegal Research, the Law School Survey of Student Engagement,and Studying Diversity in Judicial Clerkships"

12/30/2020, Ajay K. Mehrotra

"Sociolegal Research, the Law School Survey of Student Engagement, and Studying Diversity in Judicial Clerkships" (Shih-Chun Steven Chien, Ajay K. Mehrotra & Xiangnong Wang) Journal of Legal Education 69:2 (2020)

In recent years, legal scholars have increasingly embraced the use of empirical research methods to study a variety of topics including, of course, legal education and the profession. Through the use of both quantitative and qualitative data, researchers have examined the changing demographics of law students and law faculty, the financing of legal education, and professional and social mobility within the broader legal profession, just to name a few of the most robust current research streams. Like all empirical projects, these studies rely on access to trustworthy raw data. For those who study law students as key subjects of sociolegal research, there may be no better source of reliable, empirical data on the breadth of the law school experience than the Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE). Indeed, LSSSE provides a unique and in many ways unparalleled dataset on law student perceptions and experiences across both time and place. Simply put, LSSSE is a treasure trove of valuable information for scholars studying legal education and the profession, as well as for law school administrators seeking to learn more about the law student perspective. 

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