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Rankings shouldn’t be primary concern for prospective law school students

Would-be lawyers prioritize rankings, but recent grads say a school’s tuition and job placement rates are more important

What a difference three years makes.

When would-be attorneys are choosing between law schools, most put a premium on school rankings, according to a study that Kaplan Test Prep released in June. In fact, 32 percent of prospective law students said that a school’s ranking was the most important factor in their decision, followed by geographic location (22 percent) and academic programming (20 percent). Despite widespread reports of a dismal legal jobs market and rising law school debt, few pre-law students rated affordability/tuition (13 percent) and job placement statistics (8 percent) as top concerns.

Alanna Byrne

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