Kaplan Survey: Class of 2014 Law School Graduates Give Their Schools Solid Grades in Professor Quality, “Practice Ready”

  Kaplan Survey: Class of 2014 Law School Graduates Give Their Schools Solid
  Grades in Professor Quality, “Practice Ready” Training and ROI -- But Job
  Placement Gets More “F”s than “A”s

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NEW YORK -- August 19, 2014

According to a Kaplan Bar Review survey* of over 1,200 law school graduates
from the class of 2014, a strong majority of tomorrow’s attorneys give their
alma maters strong marks overall: 40% of law school graduates gave their
overall law school education an “A” (up from 37% in 2012), while 45% gave it a
“B”. Only 11% gave their legal education a “C”; and a relatively small
percentage (4%) scored it as below average or failing. And while law school
grads gave their former JD programs generally favorable marks in a number of
subcategories, there was one glaring exception: job placement. Following are
the full results:

  *On professor quality: Law school graduates were most generous in grading
    their instructors:  more than half (52%) gave their professors an “A”,
    while 37% awarded them a “B” grade. Eight percent of graduates gave their
    professors a “C”, while “D” and “F” grades were only doled out by 1%
  *On making them “practice-ready” for the workforce: Graduates also rated
    their former law schools highly in this category. 25% gave their schools
    an “A”, while 40% gave them a “B”. A “C” was given by 21%, while 9%
    assigned a “D” and 4% an “F”.
  *On how worthwhile the financial investment was: Also good news for law
    schools: most graduates feel they’re getting their money’s worth. Twenty
    percent awarded an “A” to their alma maters, 33% a “B”, 27% a “C”, 11% a
    “D” and 9% an “F”. According to American Bar Association data, in 2013,
    average tuition at a public law school was $23,879 per year for in-state
    residents and $36,859 per year for non-state residents. The average
    tuition at private law schools was significantly more, at $41,984 per
  *On helping them find jobs in the law industry: Of the categories surveyed,
    this was the only one to receive a double-digit percentage of “F”s: 15% of
    students flunked their law schools, while 17% gave their schools a “D”.
    Twenty-eight percent gave their schools a “C” grade; 27% gave it a “B”.
    Only 13% felt their schools merited an “A”. According to the American Bar
    Association, 57% of graduates from the class of 2013 were employed in
    long-term, full-time positions where passing the bar is required -
    slightly up from the class of 2012 - though that percentage varies widely
    by law school.

“Jobs are top of mind for law school graduates in what continues to be a
challenging job market for new attorneys, so it’s not too surprising that
students are tough graders on this front,” said Steven Marietti, vice
president and general manager, Kaplan Bar Review. “The survey tells us that
students are happy with the quality of their legal education overall and still
see law school as a worthwhile investment, but they really want more
assistance from law schools in helping them land jobs in the legal sector. It
behooves law schools to do all they can do to help their graduates secure
work, as a program’s employment stats for graduates factors into law school
rankings, which in turn is a factor for law school applicants. We also
encourage students to take advantage of every networking and internship
opportunity, which means visiting your law school’s career office early and

For more information about Kaplan’s survey, contact Russell Schaffer at
212.453.7538 or russell.schaffer@kaplan.com.

*The online survey was conducted in August 2014 of 1,273 law school graduates
who took a bar review course with Kaplan Bar Review.

About Kaplan Bar Review

Kaplan Bar Review (www.kaplanbarreview.com) provides full-service bar review
programs in 44 jurisdictions and Washington DC, making its courses available
to over 97% of the U.S. Bar-taking population. Additionally, Kaplan Bar Review
offers supplemental preparation for the Multistate Bar Exam (MBE).

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