Youths Cite Making Money, Interest in Politics as Reasons to Attend Law School
A survey of nearly 2,000 potential law school applicants by Kaplan Inc. found there is one big reason why many are interested in becoming lawyers. Money.
“Seventy-three percent of those students who responded to our survey indicated that the high income potential was one of the reasons that they selected the legal profession,” Glen Stohr, director of prelaw programs at Kaplan, tells the Crimson White. The for-profit company offers standardized test-preparation courses, job training, graduate education (including a California-based law school whose students can take courses over the Internet) and compliance services.
However, close to half of the respondents said they hoped a legal education would help them enter the political arena, the University of Alabama newspaper article continues. As is traditionally the case, more men than women are interested in a political career.
“We’re constantly conducting surveys with new kinds of questions that help us to understand what students are doing and why they’re doing it,” says Stohr. “This survey is a part of an ongoing series that will show us the reasons students decide to attend law schools across the country.”