Mentor: Chris Leupold
Project title: The perceived effects of curricula on developing authentic leader lawyers
During my final semester at Elon, Dr. Leupold and I put most of the finishing touches on our project that began three years ago this month. I formatted all of our transcripts and used ATLIS TI to code them and identify specific themes expressed by the participants. With the help of Dr. Alexa Darby, I analyzed the results and assessed the main calls for legal education improvements and competencies important in the success of entry-level lawyers. I prepared the data for my Student Undergraduate Research Forum presentation and am in the process of completing our manuscript for publication in a journal devoted to the study of legal education. We are communicating with TALRA to discuss opportunities to share our findings with their members. At the ODK Awards Ceremony, I was awarded the Leadership Studies Award.
I am looking forward to attending William and Mary Law School this coming fall. My discussions with my participants were obviously useful to my project, and they also helped me identify legal education institutions that take a well-rounded approach to educating their students, which I find very important.
I am spending part of this coming summer working in Washington, D.C., for the attorney that I interned for two summers ago. He was a participant in my project and has been supportive of it since we first met shortly after I’d been awarded the Lumen Prize.
Dr. Ann J. Cahill
Professor of Philosophy
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Elon, NC 27244
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