Sunday, July 1, 2012

Pre-law Students Put Rankings Way Ahead of Employment Statistics

In a survey of pre-law students enrolled in the Kaplan LSAT prep course, rankings turned out to be the most important factor in choosing a law school. From the National Jurist:

Thirty-two percent of the 645 responses to the survey said that a law school’s ranking was most important when determining which school to attend. Only 8 percent said that a law school’s job-placement statistics as most important.


The responses, elicited from students in Kaplan’s LSAT prep course, even placed the importance of job prospects below other factors: 22 percent said geographic location was the most important, 20 percent said academic programming, 13 percent said affordability/tuition.  In the 2010 survey, students ranked the factors in the same order.

The survey also highlighted the discrepancy between students’ expectations of jobs and the recent reality of the job market. Thirty eight percent of those surveyed said they hoped to work in a large law firm. Recent ABA reports show that roughly 10 percent of the class of 2011 landed jobs in firms with more than 100 attorneys.

In so many areas of life, people make decisions by relying on questionable information.


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