Paul L. Caron

Friday, December 26, 2014

Chicago (22%), Philadelphia (35%) Law Schools Suffer Large Enrollment Declines

Crain's Chicago Business, Chicago Law Schools See First-Year Enrollment Shrink:


Philadelphia Business Journal, Local Law School First-Year Enrollment Down 35 Percent Since Recession:

The six local law schools have seen first-year enrollment drop by 34.6 percent from its historic high in 2009-10 — exceeding the national drop off of 27.7 percent. ... Locally, the law schools at Widener University's Wilmington campus (-67 percent), Villanova University (-40 percent), Rutgers University-Camden (-33 percent), Temple University (-29 percent) and Drexel University (-17 percent) saw double-digit declines in first-year enrollment since 2010. University of Pennsylvania (-1 percent) was the only local school to have relatively flat enrollment compared to five years ago.


For more, see Dan Filler (Drexel), Tuition Wars And Shrinking Class Size: More On The Philadelphia (Law School) Story

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The top schools continue to have the same enrollment which means they are reducing their entrance requirements.

Posted by: Bivik | Dec 26, 2014 4:52:39 AM

Yes it will be interesting to see how this affects the credential. It used to mean something to say, "I drive a Cadillac." But if Cadillac is really Chevrolet, it means something else. My guess is that everyone in the process knows this, except perhaps the students . . .

Posted by: mike livingston | Dec 26, 2014 7:12:14 AM

@Bivik, How do you draw the inference that top schools are dropping entrance requirements? My impression is that grads of the best law schools are still graduating, passing the bar and getting good jobs. It's the second and third tier schools where students are struggling to succeed, which would be consistent with the Paul's post.

Posted by: Len | Dec 26, 2014 10:36:29 AM

As elsewhere in America, the top 5 percent are doing just fine. The middle class schools are dying. We will be left with a handful of elite schools and the bottom feeders. And they all cost the same!

Posted by: Jojo | Dec 26, 2014 12:02:46 PM