A recent survey on student engagement shows that nearly 30 percent of law school graduates are graduating law school with $120,000 in debt. This figure is up 11 percent since 2006. As mentioned in an earlier blog post, the debt factor does not seem to be a huge deterrent in applying to law schools, as law school admissions have admitted seeing a rise in applicants.
Another note of interest is that those who are facing that amount of debt are choosing public interest work anyway. 32 percent of those expecting to graduate with that amount of debt anticipate going into public interest law versus 27 percent who face no student debt.
This survey has lots of interesting information. To read the student engagement survey, click here.