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ERIC Number: ED528352
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 24
Abstractor: ERIC
Navigating Law School: Paths in Legal Education. Annual Survey Results, 2011
Law School Survey of Student Engagement
The Law School Survey of Student Engagement (LSSSE) focuses on activities that affect learning in law school. This year's results show how law students spend their time, what they think about their experience in law school, and guide schools in their efforts to improve engagement and learning. The selected results are based on responses from more than 33,000 law students at 95 law schools in the U.S. and Canada who completed LSSSE in spring 2011. Promising findings include: (1) The vast majority of students rated their overall law school experience favorably; 83% reported that their experience in law school was good or excellent; (2) Eighty percent of students said that they definitely or probably would attend the same law school if they could start over again; (3) Students with high levels of law school-related debt more often used and were satisfied with career support at their law school. Of students who expected to owe more than $80,000 in law school-related debt after graduating, 64% used and were satisfied with job search support, and 84% used and were satisfied with career counseling at their school; (4) Nearly 80% of students discussed their career plans with faculty at some point during law school; (5) Ninety-three percent of students have had serious conversations at some point during law school with students who are very different from themselves in terms of their religious beliefs, political opinions, or personal values, and 62% of students have had these conversations frequently; (6) A large majority (91%) of students have had serious conversations during law school with students of a different race or ethnicity; (7) Nearly four in five students (79%) reported that their law school placed a substantial emphasis on encouraging the ethical practice of law; (8) Half of students (51%) rated their relationships with faculty very highly (6 or 7 on a 7-point scale) in terms of availability and helpfulness; and (9) Nearly nine in 10 students (88%) felt that their law school experience contributed substantially to the acquisition of a broad legal education. (Contains 6 tables, 8 figures and 20 notes.) [For "Student Engagement in Law School: In Class and Beyond. Annual Survey Results, 2010," see ED514585.]
Law School Survey of Student Engagement. Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research, 1900 East 10th Street Suite 419, Bloomington, IN 47406. Tel: 812-856-5824; Fax: 812-856-5150; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Students; Teachers; Administrators; Researchers; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Indiana University, Law School Survey of Student Engagement
Identifiers - Location: Arizona; California; Canada; Florida; New York; Tennessee; United States; Wisconsin