Law school retains luster for many recent graduates
Nearly all of the recent graduates surveyed by test preparation company Kaplan Inc. in August gave their law school either an "A" or "B" grade, even though more than half had yet to find legal jobs.
By Karen SloanOctober 23, 2012
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Unemployment apparently hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm of many recent law graduates for their alma maters.
Nearly all of the recent graduates surveyed by test preparation company Kaplan Inc. in August gave their law school either an “A” or “B” grade, even though more than half had yet to find legal jobs.
Kaplan queried 705 members of the class of 2012 about their education, and 37 percent gave their law school an “A.” Another 53 awarded a “B” and 9 percent offered a “C.” A mere 1 percent of students gave their law school a “D,” and none outright flunked their school.
Of those surveyed, 56 percent had yet to secure a law job. But the respondents remained optimistic: more than half—63 percent—were confident they would land a job within three months.
“Most students who enter law schools do so with a lot of passion and excitement about the educational experience awaiting them and also the eventual goal of practicing law, so it’s encouraging that most new law graduates feel their schools provided them with a productive three years,” said Kaplan Bar Review vice president and general manager Steven Marietti.
Even though the surveyed law graduates rated their educational experience highly, 28 percent said their alma mater hadn’t adequately prepared them for the bar exam.
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