Friday, January 19, 2018

LSAC and AALS form partnership to promote student applications to law school


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The Law School Admission Council and the Association of American Law Schools are launching a new website and social media campaign that will make the case for getting a law degree.


Two of legal education’s biggest players are teaming up to ease the path to law school for interested high school and college students.


The Law School Admission Council—which administers the Law School Admission Test and serves as the central clearinghouse for law school applications—and the Association of American Law Schools—which counts nearly all American Bar Association-accredited law schools as members—have launched a new partnership aimed at getting information about legal education into the hands of prospective students earlier in their academic careers.


The organizations plan to launch a new website and social media campaign that will provide information about what happens on law campuses, what graduates can do with a law degree, and how to apply. The groups also plan to bolster their outreach efforts with pre-law advisers across the country to help counter the narrative that law school is too expensive and jobs are too scarce.


“We want to better communicate to prospective law students and pre-law advisers about what’s going on in law schools today,” said AALS executive director Judith Areen. “Some of the criticism comes from people who are a little out of date.”


Areen and LSAC president Kellye Testy insist the initiative isn’t simply about boosting the number of people who apply to law school. Rather, they say the goal is to attract better candidates with a more comprehensive understanding of the opportunities a legal education creates. Moreover, they want to get prospective applicants thinking about law school as early as high school. The AALS is conducting a study of how and when college students make the decision to apply, or not to apply, to law school.

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