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Friday, August 17, 2012

39 Law Schools Saw Declines in Enrollment and LSAT/GPA in 2011

Jerry Organ (St. Thomas) reports that these 39 law schools experienced declines in enrollment of greater than 10% and declines in their LSAT/GPA profiles from 2010 to 2011, including these Top 50 schools:

  • Duke (#11 in U.S. News) 
  • Illinois (#35)
  • George Mason (#39)
  • Arizona (#43)

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Why does a smaller entry-level class signal a school is in trouble? I expect many of these schools could have enrolled larger classes if they'd wished, so why single them out? In many cases, a smaller first year class could signal strength, a school with enough of a financial cushion, or support from its university, that it can afford a smaller class.

Posted by: anonprof06 | Aug 17, 2012 10:59:57 AM

"I expect many of these schools could have enrolled larger classes if they'd wished.."

Yes, larger classes with lower average GPAs and LSAT scores, which affect a school's ranking. There's the answer.

Posted by: Anonymous | Aug 18, 2012 1:12:04 AM