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This Tool Uses Data To Match You With Your Ideal Law School

A new online tool is helping make applying to law school easier.

XploreJD, a new online program from AccessLex Institute, helps applicants determine law school factors that matter most to them and offers the best law schools based on those factors, Law.com reports.

“This is not meant to compete with other resources or tools, but really to supplement and, hopefully, be a first step for someone who is exploring law school but doesn’t know a lot of about it,” Tiffane Cochran, managing director of research at AccessLink, tells Law.com. “Maybe they know about U.S. News & World Report and know what the T14 schools are, but aren’t really sure which schools are best suited for them.”

HOW IT WORKS

XploreJD works by using a data-based approach to match applicants with law schools.

Applicants answer questions on six primary factors – location, cost, enrollment, diversity, curriculum, and outcomes – and are offered a list of potential law school options that fit their needs.

Additionally, the tool provides data on matched schools and allows users to compare schools side by side.

“There are plenty of services that rank law schools or project likelihood of admission to a particular law school, and while such information may have value, we believe students should have a free and easy way to consider and prioritize all the factors that will impact their law school decision in a holistic and well-informed way,” AccessLex president Chris Chapman tells Law.com.

DATA-BASED APPROACH

Part of what makes XploreJD unique is its data-based approach. The tool’s algorithm integrates law school data from a variety of validated sources, such as the ABA, U.S. News & World Report, the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which identifies schools based on student climate preference.

All of these integrations are meant to help applicants find the perfect fit.

“They should think about where their academic credentials will place them in a school’s incoming class, but they should also consider other aspects of t, such as location, size and diversity, as well as graduation outcomes, such as bar passage, clerkship opportunities, and job placement rates,” Cochran tells Law.com. “Navigating all of this information can be di􀃞cult for some pre-law students. XploreJD is designed to change that.”

Sources: Law.com, XploreJD