Before the JD: Methodology

Survey Methodology

Results for the Before the JD and Beyond the Bachelor’s reports are based on a national survey of undergraduate students enrolled in U.S.-based colleges and universities and first-year law students enrolled in AALS member law schools. The survey was fielded in 2017, yielding 22,189 undergraduate survey responses and 2,727 first-year law student responses.

A more comprehensive report on methodology is available for download (PDF).

Survey Questionnaires

Are you interested in fielding all or part of the undergraduate or first-year law student survey at your institution or law school? Please contact AALS Research for more information.

Participating Law Schools

American University, Washington College of Law
Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
Baylor University School of Law
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University
Boston College Law School
Boston University School of Law
Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University
Columbia Law School
Duke University School of Law
Emory University School of Law
Florida State University College of Law
Fordham University School of Law
Georgetown University Law Center
Gonzaga University School of Law
Harvard Law School
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
New York University School of Law
Notre Dame Law School
Pepperdine University School of Law

Quinnipiac University School of Law
Roger Williams University School of Law
Seattle University School of Law
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of Law
Suffolk University Law School
Temple University, James E. Beasley School of Law
The George Washington University Law School
The University of Richmond School of Law
University of California, Davis, School of Law
University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
University of Colorado Law School
University of Florida, Frederic G. Levin College of Law
University of Iowa College of Law
University of Miami School of Law
University of Mississippi School of Law
University of New Hampshire School of Law
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
University of Wisconsin Law School
Wake Forest University School of Law
Washington University in St. Louis School of Law
William & Mary Law School
Yale Law School

Participating Institutions

Bucknell University
College of Mount Saint Vincent
Colorado College
Denison University
Drexel University
Hamilton College
Indiana University-Bloomington
North Carolina State University at Raleigh
Rowan University
Sewanee-The University of the South
Smith College
Temple University
The University of Richmond

University of California-Irvine
University of Chicago
University of Connecticut
University of Delaware
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
University of Southern California
University of Tulsa
University of Vermont
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Wake Forest University
Wesleyan University