Law Students

Prelaw Students Value Law School Ranking More than Employment Stats, Survey Shows


Prelaw students considering law school put the rankings ahead of employment statistics, according to a survey.

The email survey by Kaplan Test Prep asked: “What is most important to you when picking a law school to apply to?” Thirty-two percent said a law school’s ranking was most important, 22 said geographic location, 20 percent said academic programming, 13 percent said affordability/tuition, and 8 percent said job placement statistics. A press release has the results.

When Kaplan asked the same question in October 2010, students ranked the factors in the exact same order. In the more recent survey, however, a school’s ranking actually increased in importance.

The survey, which garnered 645 responses, also asked about career aspirations. Prelaw students were allowed to choose more than one answer. Thirty-eight percent hoped to work for a large law firm, 31 percent wanted to work in public interest law, 23 percent wanted to work for a boutique firm, 23 percent wanted to use their JD for business purposes, and 23 percent wanted to enter politics.

Previous:
Sotomayor Supports Cert for Defendant Convicted Without Notice of Trial

Next:
Federal Jury Convicts South Texas Lawyer in Racketeering Case re Judicial Bribes


We welcome your comments, but please adhere to our comment policy. Flag comment for moderator.

Commenting is not available in this channel entry.