Saturday, August 19, 2017
Indiana Lawyer, Valparaiso Law Incoming Class Significantly Smaller but Posts Higher LSATs and GPAs:
As classes begin again, Valparaiso University Law School is standing apart from other Indiana law school as it welcomes an incoming 1L class of just 28 students, 73 percent smaller than the class that entered last year.
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and Indiana University Maurer School of Law are also matriculating fewer 1L students but the declines are not as dramatic as at Valparaiso. IU McKinney’s Class of 2020 is 4 percent smaller at 244 and IU Maurer’s is 8 percent smaller at 164.
Only Notre Dame Law School has posted an increase. The Catholic institution is reporting an incoming 1L class of 199 students, 6 percent bigger than the class that started in the fall of 2016.
Although class sizes at Valparaiso have been declining, this year’s drop is by far the steepest. Going back to 2013, the northwest Indiana law school matriculated a 1L class of 208. In the subsequent years, the size fell from 174 in 2014 to 130 in 2015 to 103 last year, according to the American Bar Association’s Standard 509 Reports.
The smaller class at Valparaiso has come with some of the highest LSAT scores and grade point averages of any recent 1L group. Students just starting their legal studies this semester have a median LSAT of 151 and a median GPA of 3.23.
Classes that entered Valparaiso between 2013 and 2016 all had median LSAT scores in the 140s. The lowest median LSAT score of 143 came from the 1Ls of 2013 and the highest of 147 was brought by the 1Ls of 2016. GPAs also ranged from 2.93 posted by the 2015 incoming class to 3.10 from the 2014 incoming class.
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:
- Amidst 39% Enrollment Decline, Valparaiso Law School Offers Buyouts To 27 Faculty (Feb. 27, 2016)
- NY Times: As Law Grads Seethe With 'Atavistic Rage' At Their Financial Plight, Many Law Schools Confront Stark Choice: Continue To Admit Marginal Students, Or Shut Down (June 17, 2016)
- Reactions To Yesterday's NY Times Article On The Human Cost Of The Law School Crisis (June 18, 2016)
- Amidst 57% Enrollment Decline At Valparaiso Law School, 10 Tenured Faculty Accept Buyouts And 3 Junior Faculty Will Be Terminated (June 29, 2016)
- The Hunger Games: Valparaiso Law School Edition (July 31, 2016)
- A Tale Of Five (Indiana) Law Schools: Notre Dame, IU-Bloomington, IU-Indy, Valpo, Indy Tech (Sept. 26, 2016)
- ABA Places Charlotte Law School On Probation, Censures Valparaiso (Nov. 17, 2016)
- Chicago Tribune: Valparaiso Law School Faces Two Bleak Choices — 'Admit More Unprepared Students Or Face Reality And Close' (Dec. 8, 2016)