What do employers look for in hiring graduates? Student success scholar speaks at Stetson

What are the skills employers look for when hiring law school graduates? What skills would you improve? Social scientist and education expert Dr. Terrell L. Strayhorn asked a roomful of approximately 100 first and second-year law students on Stetson’s Gulfport campus to develop some ideas to help prepare for their future careers.

Dr. Terrell Strayhorn delivered the keynote address at Stetson's Intention and Impact Summit.

Dr. Terrell Strayhorn delivered the keynote address at Stetson’s Intention and Impact Summit.

Dr. Strayhorn’s keynote address at Stetson’s daylong Intention and Impact Summit on Jan. 27 introduced ways that law students can achieve personal success in the classroom and in their careers.

He described his own personal experience as a student working on his master’s in law school at The Ohio State University, and the importance of finding support and community in achieving success.

Dr. Strayhorn described why it is important for law students to develop intercultural competence and see connections. He said that the skills that employers want belong to graduates who see connections across many areas of law.

“The lawyer of the future has to be able to see across all of these,” said Strayhorn.

He also discussed how students can prepare the skills they need for the less technical, more human or social aspects of their careers and spoke on the value of being persuasive.

“Effective lawyers are people who are good storytellers,” said Strayhorn.

Dr. Strayhorn spoke with students at Stetson Law school.

Dr. Strayhorn spoke with students at Stetson Law school.

Strayhorn is a professor and director of the Center for Higher Education Enterprise at The Ohio State University. A renowned student success scholar, highly acclaimed public speaker, and award-winning writer, Strayhorn is the author of 10 books, more than 60 book chapters and 150 journal articles and conference papers, and many other scholarly publications.

Sessions throughout the summit were designed to help students chart their law school path and to explore the many ways to find success as a law student, both inside and outside of the classroom.

A committee of Stetson law school staff and faculty designed and presented on topics ranging from time management and storytelling, to virtual communication and self-promotion, to legal research and learning abroad at Stetson’s daylong summit.

JR Swanegan, assistant dean for international programs, and Tammy Briant, assistant dean for student affairs, introduced the program. Dr. Strayhorn also spoke with staff during his visit to Stetson’s Gulfport campus.