In the past, I have blogged extensively about the importance of legal research skills for practice and the myriad of evidence that supports just how important it is.
And now we have even more evidence. Recently, a large survey (24,000 responses) was conducted on what new lawyers need for success in practice.
Some interesting aspects: (1) the long list of possible skills and characteristics are classified according to urgency: necessary in the short term; must be acquired; advantageous, but not necessary; and not relevant; and (2) many so-called "soft skills" and personal qualities (e.g., listening respectfully, strong work ethic, timeliness, courtesy) were ranked urgent to a greater degree than many academic or practice competencies.
Not surprisingly, legal research was deemed necessary in the short term by a very large percentage of respondents.
In fact, the ability to effectively research the law was the foundation most often cited as necessary in the short term (84%).
And there you have it.