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Life After Law School: A Pilot Study Examining Long-Term Outcomes Associated with Graduating Law School and the Value of Legal Education

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law school graduates, value of law degree


Many policymakers and leaders have been paying close attention in recent years to the near-term job placement and earnings of law school graduates, which they often declare are representative of the “value” of a law degree. Such a focus on the economic payoff of a law degree is understandable because legal education has become a more costly and leveraged endeavor. While such metrics have merit, they do not provide a holistic view of graduates’ lives or the broader benefits that legal education provides.