Thursday, September 27, 2012

Interest in Law by College Frosh

Here’s data from the Law School Admissions Council.

 Behind the Data

LSAC combined three years of law school applicant data with seven years of data from The Freshman Survey (available through UCLA’s Cooperative Institutional Research Program) to examine how US college students’ backgrounds, experiences, and goals affected their decision to apply to an ABA-approved law school. Overall, 37% of the ABA law school applicants expressed an interest in law as freshmen. The accompanying chart, which breaks down the ABA law school applicant pool by race/ethnicity and gender, shows how the distribution of those interested in law as freshmen varies by subgroup. For example, 50% of African American female applicants expressed an interest in law when they were US college freshmen.

Then question is why this interest is not in line with who actually applies post-college.


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