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Poll: 32 Percent of Law School Applicants Cite Election as the Reason

Poll: 32 Percent of Law School Applicants Cite Election as the Reason
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By    |   Friday, 23 February 2018 08:16 AM

Nearly a third of pre-law students surveyed this past year say the 2016 election was the impetus to apply to law school, according to a Kaplan Test Prep survey.

Law school applications are up double-digits over last year, and 32 percent of those cite the election of President Donald Trump as the reason why, according to Kaplan.

"We've seen significant jumps in both LSAT takers and law school applications over the past admissions cycle, which has fueled speculation about how much impact, if any, the 2016 election and subsequent political climate has had on this year's law school admissions landscape," said Jeff Thomas, Kaplan Test Prep's executive director of pre-law programs.

"We now have an answer: It's significant. The bump is real," Thomas said.

A sampling of anecdotes sent to Kaplan:

"I work with refugees and new government policies have directly impacted and impeded my ability to do my job. I am interested in a law degree in order to have a new way to fight for human rights and defend those in need."

"I decided to go to law school BECAUSE of the 2016 election. Somebody has to hold these politicians accountable, and it's clearly not anyone in office right now."

"I had already planned to attend law school previous to the 2016 election. President Trump's support of the separation of powers, and his administration's commitment to the rule of law have only further inspired me to pursue a career in the field of law."

The poll results are based on the results of a Kaplan Test Prep e-survey conducted in December 2017 and February 2018 of 537 pre-law students who took a Kaplan LSAT course.

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