Survey suggests prospective law students still have stars in their eyes

, The National Law Journal


Despite the recent spate of grim news about law graduate employment, one key group appears to be paying little attention: prospective law students. A survey of 645 would-be law students by Kaplan Test Prep found that a law school's job placement numbers ranked last in importance in the decision about where to apply.

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What's being said

  • Lulaine

    It's usually the calm before the storm. I think law students as the lawsuits get more prominent in the news and people come to understand the problems with law schools those stars will fade.

  • Colin E. Flora

    I have long said that if you tell a group of 200 prospective law students that only 3 of them would be able to get a good job after graduation most will still go on trying to become a lawyer because they all think that he or she will be one of the select few. That said, I find in my discussions with prospective students that even though there is no shortage of articles on the horrible market, few are truly aware of it prior to becoming a law student. I believe that the problem is that we suffer from a bit of paradigm paralysis. As lawyers and law students we are inherently cognizant of mainstream articles and reports on the market and are further inundated by such stories in lawyer taylored publications. However, the vast majority of non-lawyers, including scores of prospective students, are not aware of all of the articles discussing the job market. Thus, when we read such statistics as these we often take the position that these kids are knowingly disregarding the warning signs. A position taken by poster Publius below. I am of the opinion that we as lawyers have failed to make the risks of pursuing a legal education well know to the public generally and to law students especially.

  • Publicus

    If they can't deal with reality, they deserve no sympathy. Hope they enjoy being a barista with an unmarketable law degree.

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