Sunday, August 28, 2016
I'm away from my home institution this year, visiting at the U.S. Air Force Academy (where the semester began a few weeks ago). So I was a bit surprised by an email from a colleague the other day back in Ft. Lauderdale (where I normally teach) who told me that 1L enrollment at our school, Nova Southeastern University College of Law, is "way up" compared to previous years. She didn't volunteer a specific number but given reports over the past year about less than robust applicant interest, as measured by LSAT test-takers (here, here and here, among other sources), it was unexpected news to say the least. Then yesterday the TaxProf Blog reported (via a press release) that U. Colorado School of Law in Boulder had a record number of applicants - up 38% from last year - resulting in the most competitive, strongest entering class credentials in the school's history. Though a sample size of two does not make for a national trend, it makes me wonder whether other schools are seeing a similar, unexpected jump in 1L enrollments. If this does indeed reflect a new trend, remember that you heard it here first. Please share your observations in the comments below.