Career Planning

The Law School Slump is Over: Kaplan Test Prep Survey Results

By: Danielle Wirsansky, Florida State University

If your student is considering becoming a lawyer but is not quite sure if it is the right choice for them, then Kaplan Test Prep’s new study, released October 6, might hold valuable information for them.

Jeff Thomas, executive director of the pre-law programs at Kaplan Test Prep said the following in a recent press release.

“The good news for pre-law students is that the data shows that the worst of the law school application crunch and job crisis is likely over, but we encourage aspiring attorneys to be thoughtful about what they want from law school and what that want to do with their degree.”

According to Kaplan’s 2016 survey of law school admissions officers, of the 111 law schools from around the country that participated in the annual survey, 92 percent say that they are feeling “more optimistic about the state of legal education” than they did a year previously.

Going even further, 78 percent of respondents express confidence that their law school will see another increase in applications for the 2016-2017 application cycle — a big jump from the result 46 percent received in 2014 when Kaplan conducted its last survey.

“Law school is, and has been, an investment,” added Stephen Brown, assistant dean, Fordham University School of Law. “The happiest and most successful law students are the ones who come to school with a reasonable goal, a plan to achieve it – and passion.”

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Kaplan Test Prep is a premier provider of educational and career services for individuals, schools and businesses. Established in 1938, Kaplan is the world leader in the test prep industry.

With a comprehensive menu of online offerings as well as a complete array of print books and digital products, Kaplan offers preparation for more than 100 standardized tests, including entrance exams for secondary school, college and graduate school, as well as professional licensing exams for attorneys, physicians and nurses. Kaplan also provides private tutoring and graduate admissions consulting services.

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