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Pepperdine University School of Law

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Texas Law Schools Outpace National Trend, Increase 1L Enrollments 4%

Texas Lawyer, Texas Law School Enrollment Outpaces National Percentage Growth:

The size of this year’s entering class at Texas law schools rose by 4 percent this year compared to last. ... There were 2,199 first-year law students at the 10 Texas law schools in the Fall of 2017, which is 89 students more than the Fall of 2016.

Compared to national figures, the 4 percent jump in Texas 1L students is significant. The 203 accredited law schools across the country counted 37,398 1L students, which is just 0.8 percent more than last year, according to data from the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.


However, not all of the Texas law schools increased the size of their entering class equally. Only seven schools saw an increase ranging from 4 to 20 percent, and three schools actually decreased the size of their 1L class. ...

Some schools intentionally choose to cut their entering class and begin targeting highly credentialed students with high LSAT scores and undergraduate GPA’s. Such strategies can improve a school’s U.S. News and World Report rankings or help a school to improve students’ performance in class and on the bar exam.

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