Law School Hopefuls Support LSAT Changes
July 12, 2017
From pre-law students supporting the newly announced LSAT changes to the latest in law school admissions stats. Here’s our roundup of trending stories for aspiring lawyers.
Survey: applicants support LSAT changes
A new Kaplan survey of over 500 aspiring lawyers finds strong support for two significant planned changes to the way the LSAT will be administered. The first change incorporates more test dates into the calendar: Over the next two testing years, the Law School Admission Council will be transitioning to six annual administrations of the LSAT rather than just four, offering a new testing calendar that includes tests in July, September, November, January, March, and June. (To date, the LSAT has only been administered in February, June, September/October, and December.) Among those polled, 83 percent support this change.
The other part of the LSAT changes involves eliminating the cap on the number of times test takers can take the exam over a two-year period. Previously, would-be lawyers were limited to sitting for the test three times in any two-year period. Among those surveyed, 67 percent support eliminating the cap. (Above The Law)
Bringing business principles to law
As a practicing attorney, you need to know more than just the law of the land. You also need to know solid business principles, especially if you are in a management position or running your own boutique practice. To that end, Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law’s is expanding its partnership with the the school’s Kellogg School of Management—both are top-ranked.
“We are preparing our graduates to be T-shaped lawyers—lawyers with deep-rooted foundational legal knowledge, who also possess broad cross-disciplinary perspectives and understanding in relevant areas,” said Daniel Rodriguez, dean of Northwestern Law. (Northwestern Now)
Law school admissions by the numbers
Here are some interesting stats about the law school admissions process that may help you make better informed decision along the road to law school:
- At Yale Law School, 58 percent of 1Ls secured financial aid packages, which ranged from approximately $17,800–$34,700.
- During the most recently recorded admissions cycle, Stanford Law received 3,821 applications… just 409 of them got good news.
- An impressive 170 LSAT score would make you a “typical” applicant at Yale Law or Harvard Law School. But at Duke or Northwestern, also top-ranked, you’d be near the top performers.
Check out the entire article for some other really interesting statistics that may influence your law school admissions strategy. (Tipping The Scales)
Finding a work-life balance in the legal industry can be a challenge to stay the least. Rachel Dawson, assistant dean of career services at Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law, says one common misconception about working in Big Law is that lawyers are always overstretched and overstressed: “Big Law attorneys tend to work more hours, in many cases, but firms also offer a great deal of flexibility that is often unavailable in other settings.”
Then there is the stress of billable hour quotas, a common practice at most law firms. “I am fortunate enough to work at a firm that trusts that I am getting my work done, as compared to other firms that only care if you work a certain amount of hours,” says one lawyer who works at a smaller-sized firm.
We know we always says this, but it bears repeating: Do your research! (U.S. News & World Report)
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