Work Drive Matters: An Assessment of the Relationship between Law Students' Work-Related Preferences and Academic Performance

Mitchell Hamline Law Review, Vol. 42 (2016)

Seattle University School of Law Research Paper No. 16-10

37 Pages Posted: 24 Apr 2016  

Jeffrey Minneti

Seattle University School of Law; Seattle University School of Law; Seattle University School of Law

Date Written: April 21, 2016

Abstract

This article explores the dimensions of law students' schoolwork-related preferences and discusses an empirical assessment of those preferences. The assessment revealed two findings: (1) a positive correlation between students' schoolwork-related preferences and their first-year law school cumulative grade point average (LGPA); and (2) students' schoolwork-related preferences significantly enhanced the predictive power of the traditional law school success predictors, law students' LSAT performance and their undergraduate cumulative grade point average (UGPA). During spring 2014, 215 law students responded to a survey that included questions from the Multidimensional Work Ethic Profile (MWEP) and Work Drive Inventory. Analysis of the responses indicated that while the students' high LSAT and UGPA explained eighteen percent of their LGPA, the students' Work Drive, LSAT and UGPA explained twenty-eight percent of the students' thirty-hour LGPA. The article concludes with a discussion of the significance of these findings and their impact on legal education.

Keywords: Legal education, academic success, law student work ethic, law student work drive, predictors of law student academic success

Suggested Citation

Minneti, Jeffrey, Work Drive Matters: An Assessment of the Relationship between Law Students' Work-Related Preferences and Academic Performance (April 21, 2016). Mitchell Hamline Law Review, Vol. 42 (2016); Seattle University School of Law Research Paper No. 16-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2768491

Jeffrey Minneti (Contact Author)

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Seattle University School of Law ( email )

901 12th Avenue
Sullivan Hall
Seattle, WA 98122
United States

Seattle University School of Law ( email )

901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA n/a 98122-1090
United States

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