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Monday, April 2, 2018

Law School Applicants From Top Colleges Decreased 7% In 2017, Down 45% Since 2008

Keith Lee, Top University Students Avoiding Law School 2018 Edition:

Back in 2013, I was the first person to notice students graduating from the top universities in the country were avoiding law school in droves. ... Graduating students from the top universities in the country applying to law schools dropped 6.7% from 2016 to 2017. Since 2008, applicants are down a staggering 44.9%.

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More graduates from Columbia (4.9%), Stanford (4.6%), and Princeton (2.7%) applied to law school in 2017 compared to 2016; Duke (16.1%), Brown (15.6%), and Penn (12.4%) experienced the largest declines.

Five schools experienced more than 50% declines in the number of graduates going to law school from 2008 to 2017:  Stanford (58.4%), Duke (53.6%), Penn (52.4%), Brown (50.8%), and Cornell (50.2%).  The schools with the smallest declines were Columbia (25.5%), Chicago (26.4%), and Princeton (28.2%).

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