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October 29, 2010 4:06 PM

The Careerist: The Enablers of Law School Madness

Posted by Vivia Chen

We are either a nation of great optimists or utter fools. And I'm not even commenting about new entrants in the political arena. I'm referring to the seemingly endless flood of people who still aspire to be lawyers, despite the shrinking legal job market. Reports The National Law Journal:

Veritas, a law school admissions consulting firm, polled 112 prospective law school applicants in June and July, and 81 percent said they would still apply even if "a significant number of law school graduates were unable to find jobs in their desired fields." Only 4 percent said they would not apply to law school under that circumstance.

It turns out that "better information would do little to stem the tide of law school applications--which hit an all-time high last year," reports the NLJ. Part of the reason seems to be that prospective law students seem to think pretty highly of themselves.

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