Thursday, November 29, 2012
ABA Section of Legal Education, Preliminary Fall 2012 First-Year Enrollment Data:
Early review of data on first-year enrollments at ABA-approved law
schools reveals that 44,481 full-time and part-time students began their
law school studies in the fall of 2012. This represents a decrease of
4,216 students (9%) from the fall of 2011 and is approximately 15% below the historic high 1L enrollment of 52,488 in the fall of
Approximately three fourths of 201 ABA-approved law schools experienced
declines in first-year enrollment. Ninety law schools reported declines
exceeding 10% from last year, while fewer than 10 had increases
of 10% or more. ...
ABA Section of Legal Education Preliminary Fall 2012 First-Year Law School Enrollment Data
- Total 1L enrollment (full-time and part-time) 44,481
- Changes in 1L enrollment, 2011 – 2012
- Schools showing increase: 48
- Schools showing no change: 4
- Schools showing decrease: 149
- Schools with 1L enrollments within +/- 5 students from previous year: 39
- Schools showing 10% or more increase from previous year: 8
- Schools showing 10% or more decrease from previous year: 90
Matt Leichter, Number of 1Ls Per Law School Drops to 43-Year Low:
2011 saw the lowest ratio since 2000, but 2012 takes us back to when law school was probably far out: 1969!
The last time the total number of 1Ls was this low was 2001 (45,070), but since then the ABA has accredited 18 law schools. ...
Here’s the ratio to applicants: