“Stats Of The Week: Stressed-Out Law Students” (Above the Law)

A report published recently by Indiana University’s Center for Postsecondary Research — based on its annual Law School Survey of Student Engagement — details the impact of debt on law students. The reports paints a grim picture that is getting steadily worse: 30% of 2015 survey respondents expect to owe in excess of $120,000, compared to “just” 16% in 2006.

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“U.S. News Law School Rankings Under Scrutiny” (Kaplan)

New research has found a correlation between race and law student debt, as well as a correlation between LSAT score and law school debt. Considers these facts: 44% expect to owe more than $100K when they graduate, and 30% think that their debt load will be over $120,000.

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“New Survey Relates Student Debt to Race, Stress, and LSAT Scores” (JDJournal)

According to a recent survey of almost 22,000 students, just over 40 percent of law school students fully expect to have over $100,000 in loans when they graduate. Sixty-seven percent of those expect to have at least an additional $20,000 more.

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“Black, Latino Law Students More Stressed and Indebted, Survey Suggests” (FindLaw)

Black and Latino law students are suffering the most stress levels associated with law school debt, suggests a survey. Law school debt levels are rising, and so is law student stress. But, in a finding that won't surprise many, minority and low-income students suffer the most.

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“Study finds widening gap in expected law school debt based on race and LSAT score” (ABA Journal)

The increased cost of attending law school falls most heavily on blacks, Hispanics and those with low LSAT scores, according to results from a 2015 survey of law students.

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SLULAW Prof. Aaron Taylor, selected as one of The National Jurist Magazine’s 20 professors making a difference when it comes to diversity in legal education

Congratulations to Prof. Aaron Taylor, selected as one of The National Jurist Magazine's 20 professors making a difference when it comes to diversity in legal education.

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“UB interim dean Gardner looks to lead law school through challenging time” (The Spectrum)

Gardner said the law school uses the Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE), a comprehensive survey that gets administered to law students by an independent surveying organization. UB commissions them to do surveys and get feedback from students.

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“First in Their Families” (The National Law Journal)

Cornelius Range began First Generation Profession­als, a support group for first-generation students like himself, at Columbia Law School. A growing number of law schools offer programs designed to help students whose parents lack college degrees.

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“What we know about legal education” (Canadian Lawyer Mag)

The LSSSE is a U.S.-based survey in which most Canadian law schools in the common law provinces now participate. What does it show? Well, it shows without a shadow of doubt that the degree of time students spend actively engaged with their studies decreases steadily from first year to third year.

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“Why Columbia Did the Right Thing When It Offered to Defer Exams” (The National Jurist)

Findings from the 2014 administration of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE) illustrate this trend. Students who reported that their law school provided the support they needed to cope with non-academic responsibilities were more likely to feel their law school aided their acquisition of job-related skills and knowledge, including improving their writing, speaking, and critical thinking skills.

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