Friday, January 2, 2015

Law School Enrollments at Lowest in Three Decades

From JD Journal:

According to the American Bar Association, law school enrollment is at a record low—the lowest in nearly three decades.

 Law school enrollment has been steadily declining, and that trend continued this fall. According to the American Bar Association, enrollment dropped close to 7 percent from 2013. The New York Times reports that enrollment has declined 17.5 percent from 2010, during which record-breaking enrollment was reported. Enrollment is at the lowest point since 1987—a time during which there were far fewer law schools.

 For the fall semester, 204 law schools that are accredited by the bar association reported 37,924 full- and part-time students had enrolled for their first year of law school. This is a decline of 1,751 students, roughly 4.4 percent, since 2013.

Four years ago, law school enrollment peaked at 52,488 first-year students. This year’s numbers reflect a decline of 27.7 percent since that time. In 2010, the recession had taken its toll and many signed up for law school to obtain professional degrees in hopes of securing job and financial stability.

 You can read more here.

 As I’ve said before, for law schools to survive and thrive, they must do more than compete for the same group of potential students. They must develop new “client bases”—that is, offer education and professional credentials to individuals who don’t want or need a law degree. Examples: people in the corporate world, people in education administration, people in high school and college sports administration, journalists.


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