Monday, March 11, 2019
Following up on my previous posts (links below): Kaplan Test Prep Survey, Nearly 90 Percent of Law Schools Say the Political Climate Was a Significant Factor in Application Increase:
According to Kaplan Test Prep’s 2018 law school admissions officers survey, an overwhelming 87 percent report that the current political climate in the U.S. was a significant factor in this past cycle’s application increase*. This includes 30 percent who describe it as a “very significant” factor. These were the results from a phone survey which included 121 law schools.
This politics-driven application bump may continue, according to a separate Kaplan survey of pre-law students**. Forty-five percent say that the current political climate impacted their decision to apply to law school, a marked increase from the 32 percent who answered this way in a Kaplan survey released last year. Overall, 57 percent of those surveyed say they plan to use their law degree to advocate for political or public policy issues they care about.
The Kaplan survey also found that not only is politics driving pre-law students to their choice of careers, but also to where they plan to attend law school. Nearly half (46 percent) say it is important for them to attend a law school where their fellow students generally share their own political and/or social beliefs.
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage of the "Trump Bump" in law school applications:
- Will Donald Trump Solve The Law School Crisis? (Feb. 2, 2017)
- Is Donald Trump Making Law School Great Again? (Feb. 17, 2017)
- The Atticus Finch Effect: Has Donald Trump Made Attorneys (And Law Schools) Popular Again? (Feb. 23, 2017)
- Brooklyn Dean: Donald Trump Is Causing A Legal Education Renaissance, Just As Woodward & Bernstein Inspired A Generation To Pursue Journalism Careers (Feb. 25, 2017)
- Will Law Schools Experience A Late 'Trump Bump' This Admissions Cycle? (Mar. 21, 2017)
- The 'Trump Bump' for Law Schools Is (Kind of) a Thing (Mar. 24, 2017)
- George Washington Law School Applications Jump 9%, Thanks To A 'Trump Bump'? (Apr. 6, 2017)
- Did 'Trump Bump' Cause Surge Of LSAT Test-Takers? (July 16, 2017)
- Survey Confirms Significant 'Trump Bump' In Law School Applications (Aug. 30, 2017)
- Why Are LSAT-Takers Trending Up Following 5-Year Plunge? (Nov. 13, 2017)
- The 'Trump Bump' Grows As College Grads From Both Sides Of The Political Spectrum Flock To Law School (Nov. 18, 2017)
- Survey Confirms 'Trump Bump' In Law School Applications (Feb. 23, 2018)