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Law Students Face More Debt and More Stress

March 7, 2016

Law students are borrowing more and feeling more stress about that borrowing, according to the latest edition of the Law School Survey of Student Engagement, released today. Among the key findings:

  • The study found that 44 percent of law students expect to incur more than $100,000 in debt while they are in law school, up from 32 percent in 2006.
  • High debt levels are associated with the race of students, which did not used to be the case. In 2015, 61 percent of black respondents and 56 percent of Latino respondents expected $100,000 in law school debt, compared to about 40 percent of white and Asian respondents.
  • More than half of law students in the survey indicated that concerns about job prospects and finances were sources of high stress and anxiety.

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Scott Jaschik

Scott Jaschik, Editor, is one of the three founders of Inside Higher Ed. With Doug Lederman, he leads the editorial operations of Inside Higher Ed, overseeing news content, opinion pieces, career advice, blogs and other features. Scott is a leading voice on higher education issues, quoted regularly in publications nationwide, and publishing articles on colleges in publications such as The New York Times, The Boston Globe, The Washington Post, Salon, and elsewhere. He has been a judge or screener for the National Magazine Awards, the Online Journalism Awards, the Folio Editorial Excellence Awards, and the Education Writers Association Awards. Scott served as a mentor in the community college fellowship program of the Hechinger Institute on Education and the Media, of Teachers College, Columbia University. He is a member of the board of the Education Writers Association. From 1999-2003, Scott was editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. Scott grew up in Rochester, N.Y., and graduated from Cornell University in 1985. He lives in Washington.

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