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Thursday, February 20, 2014

25 Law Schools Suffer Three-Year Enrollment Declines of at Least 28%

National JuristNational Jurist:  Cooley, NYLS Have Largest Enrollment Declines Since 2010-2011:

The drop in law school applications during the past three years has had a profound impact on enrollment, according to a new study by The National Jurist.

Law school enrollment has dropped by an average of 99 students per school from 2010-2011 to 2013-2014, with only 16 schools enjoying an increase in students.

Eighteen law schools saw enrollment drop by more than 30 percent, led by University of La Verne (down 66.2 percent) and Thomas M. Cooley Law School (down 40.6 percent). Cooley Law School, with five campuses in Michigan and Florida, dropped from 3,931 students in 2010-2011 to 2,334 students in 2013-2014, the single largest drop in raw numbers.  ... New York Law School, which was battered by a critical New York Times article in 2011, has seen enrollment drop from 1,923 to 1,179, a 38.7 percent decline.

The National Jurist compared numbers for the 2010-2011 academic year from the American Bar Association’s Official Guide to Law Schools with 2013-2014 data from law schools’ most recent ABA 509 reports. The ABA now requires law schools to post detailed information on their websites in January of each year. At press time, The National Jurist was able to compare data for 196 law schools. The median law school saw enrollment drop 10.8 percent.

  1. La Verne -66.2%
  2. Cooley -40.6%
  3. Catholic -39.5%
  4. New York Law School -38.7%
  5. Dayton -38.5%
  6. McGeorge -38.4%
  7. Widener (Harrisburg) -36.9%
  8. New Hampshire -34.8%
  9. Seton Hall -34.7%
  10. Liberty -33.9%
  11. Western New England -33.3%
  12. Case Western -32.7%
  13. Hamline -32.7%
  14. Ave Maria -31.8%
  15. Appalachian -31.0%
  16. Widener (Delaware) -30.5%
  17. Vermont -30.5%
  18. Saint Louis -30.2%
  19. Duquesne -29.7%
  20. Pace -29.3%
  21. Tulsa -29.3%
  22. Quinnipiac -28.9%
  23. George Mason -28.9%
  24. California Western -28.1%
  25. Iowa -28.0% 

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