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Saturday, November 30, 2013

American Lawyer: 'White Flight' Hits Nation's Law Schools

American Lawyer LogoAmerican Lawyer:  'White Flight' Hits Nation's Law Schools, by Matt Leichter:

As the number of applicants to law school continues to dwindle, some writers have begun pondering the demographic challenges facing law schools. Attorney Keith Lee and University of Saint Thomas School of law professor Jerry Organ recently wrote articles highlighting the decline in graduates from elite, "feeder" universities applying to law school. At the same time, recent law school applicants tend to have lower LSAT scores than their predecessors. Both of these observations fit into a developing narrative that highly intelligent and affluent college graduates are forgoing law school.

A different look at the data reveals a more profound trend: Most of the 8,651-student net decline in law school enrollments between 2010 and 2012 is attributable to white male law students going unreplaced. White women account for another big chunk of the decline


These changes in law school demographics raise an obvious question for those interested in the profession's diversity: Which law schools account for the drop in white students? Answer: Not the most popular ones. Using the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings—not because they measure prestige precisely but because they are widely known—it's clear that the bulk of the 6,528-person decline in white 1Ls occurred at lower-ranked schools. The 101 schools with a ranking of 100 or less accounted for only 38 percent of the decrease, while the top 50 were only responsible for 17 percent, and the famed top 14 just 3 percent. The 48 remaining schools, along with the rank-not-published University of La Verne, accounted for 41 percent of the lost white 1Ls.

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We are so missing an important part of this. why is no one mentioning the fact that soon 99% of lawyers and judges regular people have to deal with will be dipshits, while corporate entities will still be drawing from the same talent pool. your optometrist or whatever will be the dude in the talent range who would have been your lawyer before. dumb fucks tend to be more authoritarian. in the future your dealings with shit lawyers at the irs or local courTTTs are going to be insane. Enjoy your barely literate low IQ tard lawyers! thanks again boomers!

Posted by: malice | Nov 30, 2013 2:32:44 PM

This is more than about economics. This is about white students who are not full of leftist guilt getting sick and tired of the leftist, anti-white racism of increasingly leftist law faculty.

People do not want to pay $150,000 to be told they are Nazi KKK racists who do not deserve constitutional protection. My guess is that even the white law students that remaining are increasingly left-wing. And I think that is very much by design.

Posted by: Eric R. | Dec 1, 2013 4:20:31 AM

Minorities going up and LSATs going down. Who would have thunk it. De facto affirmative action.

Posted by: lester | Dec 1, 2013 4:29:01 AM

I graduated in 2008 and stay in touch with professors and at least a few continuing students (LLMs mainly). I believe that law school is becoming institutionally difficult for white students. During my school period, we listened to a constant drumbeat extolling "diversity" and promoting minority students (through favored employer mixer events etc), and at the same time endured a steady drip of criticism of "white privilege." It was very distracting and I can only imagine it has gotten worse during the current political climate. Maybe people tend to avoid places they aren't wanted? Just a thought.

Posted by: NewLawyer | Dec 1, 2013 4:48:42 AM

The biggest drop is obviously in the demos that are most likely to be actually paying as they go. The result will be that many schools will end up relying on the tuition payments of people most likely to default. This will then have an effect further down the line.

Posted by: teapartydoc | Dec 1, 2013 5:50:44 AM


The "effect," if any, of defaulted student loans, will not be felt by the law schools, as they are paid in full, up front, the moment the federal loans are disbursed.

Posted by: D++ | Dec 1, 2013 7:55:51 PM

I think you've excerpted this article in a way that is distorting and misleading about the original article's central conclusion which is that the demographic group that benefits from the decline in enrollment is white men. Judging by the nature of the hostile comments posted thus far you might reconsider extending this posting to more accurately summarize what the original article said lest the decline in law school enrollment become yet another whipping boy to be laid at the feet of racia minoirities.

Posted by: Delmarva | Dec 3, 2013 4:16:46 AM