The following is an excerpt from the Career Development Handbook.
While your LSAT score and undergraduate GPA may be used by admissions offices to predict how successful you will
be as a law student, there are no tests to predict how successful you will be as a practicing lawyer. Your ability to
succeed in the legal profession does not solely rest upon academic achievement. It is built upon a combination of
factors and skills including your ability to prioritize and plan, your analytical ability, and your ability to connect and
communicate with others in a variety of media. None of these are measured accurately by existing law school
Noting the lack of a tool to predict the success of law students as practicing attorneys, Marjorie M. Shultz, professor
emerita at University of California Berkeley Law, and Sheldon Zedeck, professor emeritus of psychology at University
of California Berkeley, exhaustively researched the topic. Their groundbreaking research identified a list of 26 factors
and eight umbrella categories to predict the ability of a law student to succeed as a practicing attorney. Schultz and
Zedeck believe you are more than your GPA and test scores. So do we.
Please review the list below and rate the level of experience you have with each of the factors. Use your results as
guide to the skills and experiences you should endeavor to acquire during your time in law school. The informed and
purposeful selection of classes, pursuit of professional experiences, and extra-curricular activities will help you
develop the skills necessary to thrive in your chosen career path.