Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Prospective law students say they want to earn a JD in two years while New York state considers a proposal to let them take the bar exam a semester early
Two related stories about shortening the time it should take to earn a JD as a way to lower student loan debt and help law grads enter the workforce more quickly. In the first (courtesy of the National Law Journal), the results of a survey of 1378 prospective law students by Kaplan Test Prep found that 58% favor getting a JD in two years rather than three. (I'm surprised the percentage was that low). This also jibes with a survey Kaplan did last summer showing that 63% of recent law grads also favor a two year degree. Speaking about the survey results, a Kaplan representative said:
Our survey suggests that prelaw students are paying attention to the current state of legal education and the job market for new lawyers, and recognize the need for big changes they think will benefit them,” said Jeff Thomas, executive director for prelaw programs at Kaplan. “This desire for a shake-up puts them on the same page as many in the legal education community, including law school admissions officers and educators.”
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