Thursday, September 5, 2013
National Law Journal, Law School Enrollment Down, But Some Programs Prosper, by Karen Sloan:
Law school remains a tough sell—the number of people applying for admission nationwide plummeted by more than 12% this year, marking the third straight year of declines.
However, a handful of law schools bucked the trend and are welcoming incoming classes notably larger than last years’.
- UC-Berkeley: +8%
- Idaho: +8%
- Savannah: +8%
- Missouri-Kansas City: +15%
- William & Mary: +16%
- George Washington: +22%
The official enrollment figures that law schools report to the ABA won’t be available for months, but it appears that most law schools this year either maintained or reduced their incoming class sizes in attempts to maintain their median LSAT scores and undergraduate grade-point averages. Any drop in those metrics could result in a lower U.S. News & World Report ranking. Admitting lower-performing students could also strain a school’s academic resources and eventually hurt its bar passage rate.