Thursday, June 22, 2017
Correction: This post originally contained inaccurate data. I have deleted the inaccurate data and included corrected charts from my later post, The Quantity And Quality Of Law School Applicants.
Following up on my previous posts (here and here):
Indiana Lawyer, Top Students Still Not Interested in a JD:
A few months before law schools around the country begin a new academic year, the number of people applying for admission has slipped, with the greatest decline coming from applicants posting the highest LSAT scores.
The number of applications to law schools has reached 344,358 as of June 9, according to the Law School Admissions Council. That represents a 1.4 percent increase over the applications submitted in 2016 but the number of applicants for the 2017-2018 school year is 53,101, a 0.5 percent decline from last year.
Paul Caron, dean of Pepperdine University School of Law and author of the Tax Prof Blog, crunched the data and found the top performers are turning away from legal education. ...
Caron told the ABA Journal, “The story could be that better credentialed college graduates are turning away from going to law school because they feel they have other opportunities that they feel are more attractive. For several years, legal education has taken a pounding. It’s not providing the kinds of opportunities it provided to students in the past.”