Paul L. Caron

Saturday, February 1, 2020

'Trump Bump' Continues To Drive Law School Applications

Following up on my previous posts (links below): The Politics-Driven Law School Application Increase Continues:

According to a just released Kaplan Test Prep survey of more than 100 law schools across the United States, 84 percent of admissions officers believe that the current political climate was a significant factor in this past admissions cycle’s increase of 3.3 percent in law school applications. This includes 26 percent who describe it as a “very significant” factor. In Kaplan’s 2018 law school admissions officers survey, a similar 87 percent said the political climate drove the cycle’s nearly nine percent increase in applications, the first significant increase after years of plummeting application volume after the Great Recession.

This application bump—driven by an interest in politics—may continue, according to a separate Kaplan survey of over 400 pre-law students. Forty-one percent say that the political climate impacted their decision to apply to law school, a decrease from 45 percent in 2019, but a marked increase from 32 percent in a Kaplan survey released in 2018.

Prior TaxProf Blog coverage of the "Trump Bump" in law school applications:

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Obligatory reminder that the Senate is once again debating a ceiling on GradPLUS loans, which would force many future law students into the loving grasp of private lenders whose loans are not eligible for income-based repayment plans. The imperative to get the highest-paying job possible will become even more dire. And per the Department of Education's exhaustive salary data for recent graduates, the median salary is not $90k, as some wage premium studies would have you believe, nor even $70k, as the NALP would have you believe, but just $53,000. Less than an indifferent undergrad Comp Sci major.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Feb 2, 2020 9:11:21 AM