Saturday, January 31, 2015
National Jurist, Enrollment Up at 9 California Law Schools:
Law school enrollment dropped by 7.2 percent this year, but 33 law schools bucked the trend and increased enrollment. Nine of those law schools hail from California — more than any other state.
“We aren’t in an arctic vortex,” joked Edward Tom, Dean of Admissions at University of California, Berkeley School of Law when asked why California schools fared better this year. “Honestly, I have no idea.”
While the nine schools saw improvement this year, they are still down 13 percent from 2010. ... While nine California law schools were up, nine were also down. Total enrollment in the state was down 5.1 percent this year, and is more than 18 percent off from 2010. ...
California law schools that increased enrollment this year:
- Chapman 21.37%
- UC-Berkeley 4.2%
- La Verne 3.47%
- UC-Davis 2.81%
- UCLA 1.74%
- California Western 0.91%
- USC 0.66%
- Stanford 0.52%
- Pepperdine 0.5%
Of these nine schools, one increased the median LSAT of their larger entering class (Stanford +1, to 172); six maintained their median LSAT (UC-Berkeley & UCLA, 167; USC, 166; UC-Davis, 162; Pepperdine, 160; La Verne, 147); and two decreased their median LSAT (Chapman -2, to 156; California Western -1, to 150).
Nationally, six law schools increased enrollment by 5% or more:
- Arizona Summit 22.49% (no change in LSAT median, 144)
- Chapman 21.37% (-2 LSAT median, 156)
- Idaho 9.29% (-1 LSAT median, 151)
- Washington University 8.66% (no change in LSAT median, 166)
- Hawaii 6.2% (-1 LSAT, 156)
- Notre Dame 5.58% (no change in LSAT median, 163)