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Friday, February 23, 2018

Survey Confirms 'Trump Bump' In Law School Applications


Following up on Wednesday's post, LSAT Test-Takers Surge 29.7% In December; 19.2% Yearly Rise Would Be Highest In 16 Years:  Kaplan Test Prep Survey, Over 30 Percent of Pre-Law Students Say the Results of the 2016 Election Impacted Their Decision to Apply to Law School:

The results of a new Kaplan Test Prep nationwide survey of over 500 pre-law students reveal a potential reason why the number of law school applications and LSATs® administered are up by double digits compared to last year: politics*. Nearly one third of pre-law students surveyed (32 percent) say the results of the 2016 election impacted their decision to become lawyers. ...


Prior TaxProf Blog coverage of the Trump bump:

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We'll all be underwater, but we'll have lots of applicants!

Posted by: Mike Livingston | Feb 23, 2018 2:41:23 AM

One wonders how many (if ANY) law schools are warning that the same Trump administration might eliminate Public Service Loan Forgiveness, eliminate the loan forgiveness provisions of other income-based repayment plans, and roll back graduate federal student lending to a mere $28,500/year, or more than $60,000/year shy of what a good number of private law schools charge these days. The Trump bump will get massacred by the PROSPER Act.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Feb 23, 2018 9:15:04 AM

To expound upon this a bit more, Betsy Devos's Department of Education, having already effectively removed the ability of the CFPB to go after student loan servicers and private lenders, is now declaring that state consumer protection agencies cannot go after allegations of abuse by those student loan servicers - whose track record of misdeeds and allegations is long and well-documented (indeed, in recent court filings Navient even claims as a defense that it has no obligation to act in the best interests of the debtors). Is this the environment in which you want your prospective students to struggle for remunerative work - that is, if federal student loans are even meaningfully available for law students in the near future, as per my previous comment?

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Feb 27, 2018 1:58:11 PM