Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Fewer Applicants And Lower Enrollments At Top Law Schools

From BloombergBusiness, "The Best Law Schools Are Attracting Fewer Students: The legal education crisis is spreading." by Natalie Kitroeff:
Source: BloombergBusiness

Since 2011, the number of applicants to law schools ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News has dropped by a median 18 percent, data from the American Bar Association show. Yale Law School saw its applicant count dip by 13 percent. Harvard Law School experienced an 18 percent drop.

As applications have dwindled, some of the most exclusive schools have opened their doors a little wider: Top-tier schools admitted a median 7 percent more people in 2015 than they did in 2011. Part of the reason schools send out more offers is that they expect that prospective students, who are in high demand, will be more likely to turn them down than they once were.

Those measures only go so far. The majority of elite campuses, unwilling to seriously dilute their student bodies, still had to downsize. Class sizes declined by a median of 5 percent at the top 20 schools over the last five years, ABA data shows.

Source: BloombergBusiness

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