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Survey Suggests Prospective Law School Students Should Reprioritize

By Catherine Groux
Posted September 14, 2012 10:00 AM

A new survey suggests law school applicants should focus on job placement rates and affordability.
A new survey suggests law school applicants should focus on job placement rates and affordability.
When students begin the process of selecting a law school, they often consider a variety of factors before making their final decision. However, according to a survey by Kaplan Test Prep, a law school's ranking is most important to prospective students. The survey shows that almost one-third of students who took the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) said an institution's ranking is the most significant factor when picking a law school, followed by its geographic location and academic programming.

While these elements are no doubt important, law school graduates believe prospective students should keep other factors in mind when searching for the perfect institution from which to earn their legal degree.

According to the recent Kaplan Bar Review survey, almost half of new law school graduates recommend applicants focus on a school's job placement rate or its affordability. In comparison, only 17% of graduates said prospective students should make a law school's rankings their top concern.

"Going to law school is a significant investment of both time and money, and those who have gone through the process are affirming a rational conclusion that at the end of three years of hard work, it’s important to leave law school with a job and as little debt as possible," said Jeff Thomas, director of Kaplan's pre-law programs. "Our advice to LSAT students has always been that while rankings can play a useful role in helping them decide where to apply, they should look closely at other statistics, including how many of a school's graduates have found a job in the legal field and how much debt their graduates accumulate."

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