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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Law Schools With the Biggest Full-Time J.D. Enrollment Declines in 2013

Matt Leichter, Which Law Schools Saw the Biggest Full-Time Enrollment Drops in 2013?:

... Is the question of the day. The bigger question is, enrollment drop since when? Most of the time media outlets will report law schools’ cumulative percent declines since the overall enrollment peak in 2010, but those aren’t necessarily descriptive. It might be more valuable to measure enrollment declines since previous trough years. For the mean average law school, those would be 2007 and 1999. ... [H]ere’s a table of cumulative law school enrollment declines [at the 179 law schools accredited prior to 2000] that’s sorted by the average of law schools’ 1999 and 2007 declines [2013 enrollment data here]:

  1. Catholic
  2. Tulsa
  3. Seton Hall
  4. Iowa
  5. Case Western
  6. Hamline
  7. Western New England
  8. Cleveland State
  9. Wayne STate
  10. Golden Gate
  11. New Hampshire
  12. Kansas
  13. Dayton
  14. Widener
  15. Capital
  16. McGeorge
  17. Samford
  18. Florida
  19. Regent
  20. Texas
  21. Thomas Cooley
  22. Temple
  23. Wisconsin
  24. Quinnipiac
  25. Toledo

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Florida cut its class size for reasons having nothing to do with an economic crisis. It predated the recession by years. The faculty wanted to offer seminars, etc., and to create a better learning environment. It worked.

Posted by: Mrs. Ed Jenkins | Feb 6, 2014 1:27:30 PM

Some of these schools made a very conscious decision to maintain admissions standards (as best as possible) and forgo revenue. Good for them. The smaller class size will help ensure better bar passage and employment prospects down the road.

Posted by: HTA | Feb 6, 2014 2:45:43 PM