Monday, March 21, 2011

Law school applications drop to 10 year low

We reported back in December that, according to the Law School Admissions Council, applications for next year's 1L class had dropped 12.2% from the year before. The most recent figures, released last week, show a slight uptick since the last report. Law school applications for next year's entering class are now down only 11.5%. However, that still represents a 10 year low. From the ABA Journal:

Applications to start law school in the United States in the fall of 2011 have dropped 11.5 percent since last year and are on target to hit the lowest level in a decade, according to data provided by the Law School Admission Council Inc.

After widespread publicity about the hard-hit legal economy, it appears many prospective applicants have gotten the message that a law degree isn't necessarily a ticket to well-paid employment or even a legal job, the Wall Street Journal reported.

'When the economy first went down, students saw law school as a way to dodge the workforce,' says pre-law adviser Ryan Heitkamp of Ohio State University. 'The news has gotten out that law school is not necessarily a safe backup plan.'


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