Saturday, October 5, 2013
New York Law Journal, Facing Drop in Applications, Law Schools Cut Costs:
New York's 15 law schools have opened their doors to what many deans describe as one of the most motivated first-year classes in memory. But with significantly fewer prospective students to go around, the institutions are grappling with the repercussions of the decline.
Following a national trend, most of the New York schools enrolled fewer first-year J.D. students this fall than was the case six years ago. Only three brought in classes that were larger than last year's. According to figures from the schools, first-year J.D. class size overall is down 9% from last year and 19% from 2008.
The classes were culled from an applicant pool that has declined even more precipitously—20% from last year and 31% from 2008.