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40% of Law School Applicants Riding Out Recession

Posted Apr 24, 2009 12:39 PM CDT
By Molly McDonough

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Despite layoffs, deferrals, depressing U.S. job stats and anecdotal complaints about a lousy legal employment economy, students consider law school a good option for waiting out the financial crisis.

Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions surveyed more than 1,000 prelaw students who took the LSAT in February and found that 2 in 5 said they were applying to law school, in part to avoid having to look for employment, Penn State University's Daily Collegian reports.

A reported 67 percent also listed the potential earning power of being a lawyer as affecting law school application decision.

The Collegian reports that both Kaplan and Penn State's Dickinson School of Law are seeing increased interest in law school. Indeed, many law schools have reported an uptick in applications.

Kaplan's director of prelaw programs, Jeff Thomas, told the Collegian that there were 151,000 LSATs administered by the Law School Admission Council in the current admissions cycle, a 6.4 percent increase over the previous year.

Corrected on April 27 to note that it is LSAC that administers the LSATs.

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