preLaw - Spring 2017 - 4
l aw school news
Is Trump renewing
interest in law school?
By Tyler roBerTs
While President Trump did not set out to
save the legal profession, he has, perhaps
inadvertently, made lawyering great again.
Lawyers who have stood in opposition
to his travel ban have been applauded in
public, deified in social media memes and
hugged by strangers.
Some think all of this love could change
the way people view the profession.
"Certainly, over the last few weeks, there
has been an awakening of appreciation
for what lawyers do, not only to safeguard
our business and personal interests but
to protect the rights of Americans and of
those who wish to come to our country,"
Brooklyn Law School Dean Nicholas Allard
wrote in an op-ed piece for The Hill. "While
recent events ... cannot be expected to
entirely change perceptions of lawyers and
our nation's legal enterprise for the better,
they do offer a remarkable platform upon
which law schools can demonstrate their
relevance in a global, high-tech world and,
once again, become a highly desirable profession for the best and the brightest of the
A new Kaplan Test Prep survey reveals
that the 2016 presidential election has
already had a positive effect on prospective
law students' interest in politics.
More than half of the 500 pre-law students surveyed said they could see a run
for political office in their futures. The last
time the survey was taken, in 2012, only 38
percent of pre-law students said they would
consider running for public office.
Kaplan began collecting data on political
interest in 2009 following the election of
Barack Obama. At that time, the percentage
of pre-law students expressing an interest in
politics was at its highest, with 54 percent
considering a career in politics.
Jeff Thomas, Kaplan's Test Prep executive
director of pre-law programs, said regardless
of who is elected to office, students generally
show a renewed interest in politics whenever
there is a change.
"Every four years, the fire gets lit and
students capitalize on that fervor," Thomas
said. "The pre-law group is ambitious and
know that a law degree is versatile and could
be used for great political gain."
Law school has long been a fast track to a
career in politics. Roughly half of the governors in the U.S. hold law degrees, as do 35
percent of members of Congress. And, 25 of
our 45 presidents had law degrees.
"Law school has long been a bullpen of
aspiring politicians, and we think the recent
election showed many pre-law students of
all political persuasions how important it is
to stay involved and stand up for what you
believe," Thomas said.
Tallest law schools
Want to attend a top law school? Well,
even if you don't have a Yale Law Schoolworthy LSAT score, you can still attend a
school that will elevate you. We identified
the tallest law schools in the nation, and
Southwestern Law School, with its 241foot tower, tops the list. Of course, students don't take classes in the tower. The
historical art deco building was originally
a department store.
The schools on the list are ranked by the
heights of their buildings, even if the law
school takes up only a small part of the
Southwestern Law School
Seton Hall University
Brooklyn Law School
Arizona Summit Law School
CUNY School of Law
Saint Louis University
University of Baltimore