Prospective law students aren't looking to job prospects

June 27, 2012 In light of the dire mis-calibration between the cost of attending a US law school and the prospects for finding well paid employment in the field after graduation, there has been a lot of controversy over what firms are offering and at what price.

It is therefore surprising to learn that prospective law students are more concerned with a law school’s ranking than they were about how many graduates go on to jobs in the legal field. The finding came out of a new survey conducted by Kaplan Test Prep, which sought the views of 645 Kaplan LSAT students.

When asked what was most important in selecting a law school, 32% of respondents pointed to the law school’s ranking, 22% said geographic location, 20% said academic programming and 13% said affordability/tuition. Just 8% of respondents cited a law school’s job-placement statistics as most important.

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