- Forget law practice. Half of surveyed prelaw students plan to use law degree in nontraditional jobs
Forget law practice. Half of surveyed prelaw students plan to use law degree in nontraditional jobs
Posted Apr 15, 2013 4:40 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
Think a JD is only for law practice? If so, about 100 prelaw students disagree with you.
Half of more than 200 prelaw students responding to a survey by Kaplan Test Prep said they plan to use their law degree in a non-traditional legal field, according to a press release. Forty-three percent said they plan to use their law degree to pursue a job in the business world.
Among the students who planned to use their law degree in nontraditional fields, 58 percent said the current job market was a factor in their decision. Statistics paint a bleak picture of employment. A recent ABA report found that only 56 percent of 2012 law grads had found full-time, long-term jobs that required bar passage.
• Seventy-one percent said the primary reason they are applying to law school is “to go into a career I am passionate about.” Only 5 percent identified potential pay as the primary reason.
• Forty-three percent said they are likely to postpone or alter their plans to attend law school if they don’t get the financial aid package they were hoping for.