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Friday, November 7, 2008

UC-Berkeley: Testing for Empathy as an LSAT Alternative?

Wall Street Journal Law Blog: Berkeley Calls for Research into LSAT Alternative; Testing for Empathy?, by Dan Slater:

Former Berkeley law prof Marjorie Shultz ... thinks they can do better, reports the Recorder. Shultz and Berkeley psychology prof Sheldon Zedeck have been studying alternatives to the LSAT. They recently published their findings in a 100-page report. They say the LSAT, with its focus on cognitive skills, does not measure for skills such as creativity, negotiation, problem-solving or stress management, but that they have found promising new and existing tests from the employment context that do.

On Monday, Berkeley law Dean Christopher Edley posted a message to a listserv for deans at ABA-accredited law schools highlighting some of the findings, and asking for support in building a case to expand the project. ...

We “need lawyers with the kind of skill sets that the world needs — like empathy, persuasiveness and the willingness to have the courage to do the right thing — which the LSAT does not measure,” said Jeffrey Brand, dean of the University of San Francisco School of Law.

The ABA Journal has more here.

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