Saturday, November 24, 2012

About Half of Law Schools Surveyed Have Cut First-Year Enrollment

From the ABA Journal online (excerpts):

Fifty-one percent of law schools have cut the size of their entering class, and 63 percent say the reason was the poor job market, according to a new survey.

The numbers are likely to swell; 28 percent of the law schools that haven’t cut enrollment are planning to do so for the current applications cycle, according to the survey by Kaplan Test Prep. Admissions officers from 123 ABA-accredited law schools responded to the survey.

• 68 percent of law schools have already revamped their curriculum to make their students more “practice ready.”

• 47 percent of law schools have increased the amount of financial aid for students in the 2012-2013 cycle.

The Faculty Lounge has noted that law school class sizes are shrinking, along with the number of students taking the Law School Admission Test. The number of students taking the October 2012 LSAT was down more than 16 percent from October 2011, the blog says.


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