Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Lower Enrollments: Some Examples

From the National Jurist (excerpts):

Thomas Jefferson School of Law expected enrollment to reach 350 students
this year, but only 250 enrolled for the 2013 entering class.

That forced the school to cut staff. It laid off 12 employees in early
August, cutting $4.4 million from its budget. Additionally, the school cut 14
specialized courses that had low enrollment.

Indiana Tech Law School, the newest school to open, enrolled
32 students in its inaugural class, falling short of its goal
for 100.

Case Western Reserve University School of Law reported a class of 104 for
this fall, down from 165 in 2012. The school reduced staff to meet its budget, reported. The school also announced it was making dramatic
changes to its curriculum to provide students with more practical skills in
hope they will be better equipped to find jobs after graduation. 

Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, decreased its class size because alumni
complained about the sparse job market. It enrolled 20 fewer students for the
2013 entering class, dropping enrollment by about five percent.

In 2011, enrollment nationwide dropped by about seven percent, according to
the Law School Admission Council. Enrollment dropped again in 2012 by nearly
nine percent.

Additionally, the number of LSAT exams administered dropped to 112,515 in
2012-2013, down from 171,514 in 2009-2010. This was the lowest year since
2000-2001. The first exam in the 2013—2014 cycle, administered in June, was
down 4.9 percent. 


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