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Website of the Week for March 6, 2006

Cheryl Nyberg, editor

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Law School Survey of Student Engagement,

"The Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE) is designed to provide reliable, credible information about the quality of the law student experience. Last spring, more than 21,000 students at 53 law schools participated in the second national administration of the survey. The survey asks students about their law school experience - how they spend their time, what they feel they've gained from their classes, their assessment of the quality of interactions with faculty and friends, and about important activities. Extensive research indicates that good educational practices in the classroom and interactions with others, such as faculty and peers, are directly related to high-quality student outcomes. The LSSSE focuses on these practices by assessing student engagement in key areas.

The Law School Survey of Student Engagement is:

  • An alternative view of law school quality that focuses on learning.
  •  A versatile, researched-based tool that provides usable information for institutional improvement and responding to interests of accreditors, prospective students, and others.
  • An assessment of how law schools are performing on teaching and learning activities."

Although the University of Washington Law School has not participated in this survey, the previous reports provide interesting snapshots of student experiences and perceptions about law school.


2008, M.G. Gallagher Law Library, University of Washington