Perhaps the most challenging aspect of applying to law school is studying for the LSAT. Law school admission committees rely heavily on an applicant’s test score when making their admission decision, so it is crucial for students to come to the test preparation to succeed.
While it can be tough to get into elite law schools, the real challenge happens post-graduation: securing a good job.
Law-school enrollment remains high – 39,984 students graduated in the class of 2015 – but the prestigious degree no longer holds the same clout that it once did, and an oversaturation of lawyers has left graduates struggling in the job market.
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Getting into law school might be easier now since fewer students are applying and many schools have lowered their admissions standards. But at the highest-ranked law schools, admission is still very competitive.The following programs made it into the top 20 of the 2017 U.S. News.
For the class of 2010, only 40% of graduates were working at law firms by 2015, and 20% of the class held jobs that didn’t even require a law license.
The cost of a legal education is now reaching stratospheric proportions. Anyone contemplating this enormous investment of time and money should think long and hard before applying.
Go to law school if you want to be a lawyer. But don’t go if you believe it will “open doors” for you. It won’t. By the end of law school you may still have no idea what you “want” from your career; only now you are likely to limited by huge law school debt.
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