Tuesday, December 29, 2015

2015 winners and losers in enrollment figures among New York law schools

From the New York Law Journal:

Some Schools Find Relief From Declining Enrollment

Enrollment at New York's 15 law schools decreased by 3 percent overall in 2015 over the prior year, following the nationwide trend. But some schools showed gains in their total enrollment and number of first-year students, according to figures released by the American Bar Association.


There were 11,565 students enrolled in New York law schools on the first day of the 2015-16 academic year, down from 12,033 the previous year, a 3 percent drop.


Law schools self-report their numbers to the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar by Oct. 15. The reports are available at www.abarequireddisclosures.org.


Four New York schools increased the size of their student bodies: Brooklyn Law School, City University of New York School of Law, Cornell Law School and Pace University School of Law.


Nationwide, the total number of students fell by nearly 6,000 to 113,900 this year, a 5 percent decrease.


The number of first-year students also dropped by more than 800, to 37,058. In 2010, the number of 1Ls hit a high-water mark at 52,488 and has been on a downward trajectory ever since.


But overall, New York schools bucked the downward trend for first-year students this year: the number of 1Ls enrolled at New York's law schools at the beginning of the academic year increased slightly, to 3,842 from 3,772, a 1.8 percent gain.

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