Medical, law school acceptance rates high for Bates graduates
Bates College’s acceptance rates for law school also are significantly higher than the national average. In 1999, 86% of recent graduates and seniors who applied were accepted and 100% of Bates seniors who applied were accepted. The national average was 69%. Among the schools Bates graduates are attending: Yale University, Cornell University, N.Y.U. and the University of California Berkeley.
“Law schools want students that can write well and have some critical thinking skills and it’s hard to think of a better place to learn those things than at a liberal arts school, Margaret Imber, chair of the Legal Studies Committee at Bates College, said.
Faculty advisors at Bates often encourage students not to go to law school right out of college and to instead get a broader sense of the real world before applying. “Very few people are born lawyers,” Imber said. “The best lawyers are those who can connect the law with something else that they’re passionate about.”