Friday, November 30, 2007
From the Massachusetts Daily Collegian: Recent Survey Finds Declining Number of New Law Students, by Andy Smith:
The number of people applying for law schools around the country is on the decline while admission requirements have not changed, according to a survey recently conducted by Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions. According to the report, of the 190 law schools surveyed, half said their school has seen a decline in applicants over the last two years. Initially, this would seem to give prospective applicants greater odds of admission. However, 79% of the schools surveyed said the decline has not made their admissions process any less competitive. ...
According to Steve Marietti, the Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions Pre-Law Programs Director, 2006 saw a 4.8% decrease in law school applicants around the country. This year applications are down 17.4%.
Marietti said while the number of law school applicants are down, post-graduate degrees themselves are not. The application numbers of other postgraduate degrees, such as engineering and biology, have risen. "The strength of the economy, including the availability of jobs, has a significant effect in what students choose to pursue in their post-undergrad years," said Marietti. "Others may be discouraged to apply (to law schools) because of the competitive nature of the application process, therefore raising the averages of enrolling classes."
(Hat Tip: ABA Journal.)