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Survey of Undergraduates: Plans for Law School & View of the Legal Profession

Survey of Undergraduates: Plans for Law School & View of the Legal Profession

This seminal study presents data from a random survey of 1,566 undergraduate college students from 4-year colleges in the United States about how likely they are to apply to law school and how they view the future of the legal profession. In addition, the report details the undergraduate majors that students expect will best prepare them for law school and lists the law schools to which they are most anxious to apply.

Data in the 58-page report is broken out by 18 individual and college institutional variables including gender, race/ethnicity, financial background, sexual orientation, regional origins, expected student debt load, SAT/ACT scores, college grades, college major and other variables for individuals, and public/private status, and college/university type/Carnegie class for institutions.


We asked: How likely are you to apply to law school at some point in the future? We gave five possible answers to this multiple choice question, which were: 1) Highly Unlikely, 2) Unlikely, 3) Possibly Likely, 4) Highly Likely and 5) I Have Already Applied. Overall Results for Law School Plans 61.62% said that they were highly unlikely to every apply to law school and another 22.61% said it was unlikely while 9.45% thought it possible, 2.68% likely, 3% highly likely, and 0.51% had already applied. A shade more than 84% of those sampled thought it was highly unlikely or unlikely that they would ever apply to law school while a bit more than 6.1% thought it was likely, highly likely or had already applied, with 9.45% in the nebulous “possibly” zone.

1.2 How likely are you to apply to law school at some point in the future? Broken out
by age of survey participant
1.3 How likely are you to apply to law school at some point in the future? Broken out
for survey participants from rural, suburban and urban areas of origin
1.4 How likely are you to apply to law school at some point in the future? Broken out
regional origins of the survey participant
1.5 How likely are you to apply to law school at some point in the future? Broken out
by college year class standing
1.6 How likely are you to apply to law school at some point in the future? Broken out
by approximate student family annual income
1.7 How likely are you to apply to law school at some point in the future? Broken out
by degree of religiosity of the survey participant
1.8 How likely are you to apply to law school at some point in the future? Broken out
by type of political beliefs of the survey participant
1.9 How likely are you to apply to law school at some point in the future? Broken out
by college grades of the survey participant
1.10 How likely are you to apply to law school at some point in the future? Broken
out by current or likely college major of the survey participant
1.11 How likely are you to apply to law school at some point in the future? Broken
out by gender of the survey participant
1.12 How likely are you to apply to law school at some point in the future? Broken
out for students in public or private colleges

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