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Monday, August 26, 2013

NY Times: Law School Applicants Decline, Especially Among Graduates of Elite Colleges

Following up on my previous posts:

New York Times:  Law School Applicants Decline, Especially Among Graduates of Elite Colleges, by Catherine Rampell:

I’ve ... included the top 20 national universities as ranked by U.S. News that send a substantial number of alumni to law school each year. ... Across the board, the number of people applying to matriculate in fall 2012 was 67,700, down about 17 percent from the number who applied to matriculate in fall 2008 (82,000). The average decline in applicants who graduated from the “elite” schools was 28 percent. ...

Among all 240 feeder schools that the Law School Admission Council releases data for, Rice had the biggest decline; 135 of its alumni applied to matriculate in fall 2008, but only about half that number applied for the fall 2012 semester. I’m not sure why graduates with bachelor’s degrees from these higher-ranked universities have shown larger declines in interest in law school. Maybe they have access to better career services offices, which informed them that opportunities for newly minted lawyers have declined. Or maybe the range of jobs available to them in nonlegal fields has recovered faster than that for most college graduates, so the Ivy Leaguers feel less pressure to wait out the terrible job market by enrolling in law school. Or maybe it’s just coincidence.

I should note, by the way, that among the 240 feeder schools the Law School Admission Council tracks, there were 55 feeder schools that saw their alumni law school applicants increase; 22 schools had percentage increases in the double-digits.

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Maybe they really are smarter.

Posted by: Walter Sobchak | Aug 26, 2013 7:31:00 PM