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Friday, November 23, 2012

NY Times: LSAT Takers and Law School Enrollments Plunge Amidst Poor Placement Prospects

Following up on Tuesday's posts: 

New York Times:  Law School Admission Testing Plunges:

The number of people taking the Law School Admission Test ... offered in October fell sharply, down 16.4% from the year before, reaching its lowest level since 1999. ...

Source: Law School Admission Council

No wonder, then, that law schools are cutting the size of their entering classes. ...

[P]otential students seem to have wised up to the huge debt burden and poor job placement prospects. One recent paper actually suggests that law’s reputation for providing a risk-free career path has been a fiction for a long time. It notes that the legal market has become more crowded, with the ratio of the American population to American lawyers morphing to 252 to 1 in 2005 from 695 to 1 in 1951. The paper also estimated that, of the 1.4 million law graduates of the last 40 years, about 200,000 to 600,000 are not working as lawyers.

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It is a good start, but a REAL plunge to half of historic enrollments would be much much much better. For our country.

Posted by: Orson | Nov 23, 2012 7:47:26 PM