Paul L. Caron

Monday, March 11, 2019

'Trump Bump' Continues To Fuel Law School Applications

KaplanFollowing 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:

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If you want to fight Trump, maybe the best way to do it is not going six figures into hock to the government Trump controls at the moment, especially since, you know, his party is already trying to eliminate PSLF, make IBR plans less generous, and eliminate GradPLUS loans. Any one of these things would make future lawyers' lives much worse.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Mar 11, 2019 7:48:54 AM