Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A Nine Percent Drop in Law Student Enrollment This Year

Excerpts from a news release of the ABA Section on Legal Education:

Early review of data on first-year enrollments at ABA-approved law schools reveals that 44,481 full-time and part-time students began their law school studies in the fall of 2012. This represents a decrease of 4,216 students (9 percent) from the fall of 2011 and is approximately 15 percent below the historic high 1L enrollment of 52,488 in the fall of 2010.

Approximately three fourths of 201 ABA-approved law schools experienced declines in first-year enrollment. Ninety law schools reported declines exceeding 10 percent from last year, while fewer than 10 had increases of 10 percent or more.

  1. Total 1L enrollment (full-time and part-time)   44,481
  2. Changes in 1L enrollment, 2011 – 2012
    • Schools showing increase: 48
    • Schools showing no change: 4
    • Schools showing decrease: 149
  3. Schools with 1L enrollments within +/- 5 students from previous year: 39
  4. Schools showing 10 percent or more increase from previous year: 8
  5. Schools showing 10 percent or more decrease from previous year: 90

We  have to face up to the need for major changes how we structure our law schools and our educational process. We are living in a new era.



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