Friday, September 14, 2018
Law.com, Higher Law School Tuition Actually Boosts Enrollment, Study Finds:
There’s been no shortage of hand-wringing over the high cost of a law degree, but it turns out that hefty tuition prices aren’t a major factor in where aspiring lawyers opt to enroll.
That’s the takeaway from a new paper examining whether rising costs impact the number of people who apply and enroll in law school. Author Amy Li, a professor in the University of Northern Colorado’s department of leadership, policy and development, found that not only is there no correlation between lower costs and the number of applicants and matriculants at individual schools, but that increased costs correlate to higher enrollment at many private law schools. Put another way, enrollment tends to get bigger when schools charge more for tuition and fees, counterintuitive as that may seem.
“The findings highlight the willingness of students to apply to and enroll at law schools despite increases in tuition and fees,” Li wrote in her paper, Dollars and Sense: Student Price Sensitivity to Law School Tuition. “This study reveals that there is in fact, a lack of price sensitivity in legal education.” ...
Li found that there was no relationship between published tuition and fees and number of applicants schools attracted. Higher tuition did not dissuade people from applying. She then looked at net tuition—the average cost students paid after scholarships—to see if schools with lower costs enrolled more students. The opposite proved true. Law schools with higher net costs had larger first-year classes. For every $1,000 a school raised tuition annually, they enrolled one additional student, on average.