At Drake University Law School, teaching students how to practice law has always been our focus, long before it became trendy. Drake is stepping it up a notch by adding aportfolio component to the curriculum.
Beginning with the 2013 entering class, Drake students will be required to prepare an electronic portfolio containing short videos and documents that show evidence of their proficiency in various skill areas. Students will work with their advisors to update and improve the portfolio contents as well as their skills as they progress through school. Employers will have easy access electronically and contents will vary by student interest.
Andrea Charlow, associate dean of the Law School, says, “Unlike many law schools, Drake professors have practiced law and bring that experience into substantive classes, the way it occurs in ‘real life’: our students regularly try felony cases, draft and lobby legislation and argue cases before the State Supreme Court.”
The benefits don’t just end with students. Prospective employers also gain insight. “For employers who base hiring decisions on one interview, an easily accessible video and portfolio offers a chance to take a deeper look into how a student handles real practice situations,” says Jennie Zwagerman, director of career development at Drake Law.
At a time when law schools are being criticized, Drake Law is taking positive steps to help students prove they are ready to practice law. At Drake, the proof is in the portfolio.
See examples and read more about Drake University Law School’s e-portfolios.
For more information about the student portfolios at Drake University Law School, contact Andrea Charlow, associate dean, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-271-2066.