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When a Free Ride to Law School Isn’t Necessarily the Best Choice

Why choose UNC over a school like Baylor for law school, when it would cost more to attend? After all, plenty of consultants insist that students should go to the school that offers you the most scholarship money.

The answer is simple: because of bar passage rates and employment outcomes.


UNC‘s bar passage rate at 97% beats every state’s average bar passage rate by a landslide, except for California.

95% of their graduates have full time employment within a year of graduating, and about 25% of their graduating class end up in big law firms, which means they’ll be able to pay off the student loans they have to take out.


Baylor, on the other hand, has a bar passage rate in the 86th percentile, still good, but less than 10% of their class ends up in big law firms, meaning their graduating class focuses on midsize firms and other sectors like business and government.


So depending on what kind of legal work you intend to do, and how concerned you are about passing the bar, job-readiness stats can be very important to consider. They were to Steven.

I recommend to my students that they make a wise investment, and consider their own career goals carefully.

A full ride might be exactly what you’re looking for, but if the academics and your cohort cannot support you towards bar passage and a good job within your first year graduating, it’s best to consider whether that school’s offer is the best choice for you.

If you need assistance in your admissions journey, reach out to our consultants and request a free consult. We’re here to help.


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