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Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The Number Of 1Ls By State (2017 v. 2010)

Law School Transparency lists the number of 1Ls by state in 2017 and the change in enrollment since 2010.  Twelve states had enrollment declines in excess of 1,000:

  1. California: 4237 (-29.1%)
  2. New York: 4147 (-20.6%)
  3. Florida: 2297 (-38.5%)
  4. Texas: 2199 (-14.2%)
  5. Massachusetts: 1956 (-18.6%)
  6. Illinois: 1818 (-25.5%)
  7. Washington, D.C.: 1763 (-19.0%)
  8. Michigan: 1405 (-48.2%)
  9. Pennsylvania: 1393 (-24.2%)
  10. Virginia: 1199 (25.4%) 
  11. Ohio: 1069 (-35.3%)
  12. North Carolina: 1055 (-35.1%)

24 states had enrollment declines in excess of 25%:

  1. Delaware: -73.5%
  2. Arizona: -53.4%
  3. Michigan: -48.2%
  4. New Hampshire: -43.9%
  5. Mississippi: -40.6%
  6. New Jersey: -40.2%
  7. Florida: -38.5%
  8. Maryland: -38.4%
  9. Ohio: -35.3%
  10. North Carolina: -35.1%
  11. Iowa: -34.6%
  12. Kansas: -33.8%
  13. Missouri: -33.6%
  14. Wisconsin: -31.6%
  15. Indiana: -31.1%
  16. Washington: 30.4%
  17. Utah: -29.4%
  18. California: -29.1%
  19. Nevada: -27.6%
  20. Minnesota: -27.5%
  21. Oregon: -27.1%
  22. Louisiana: -27.0%
  23. Illinois: -25.5%
  24. Virginia: -25.4%

Only three states had 1L enrollment increases:

  1. Idaho: +22.3%
  2. Tennessee: +17.3%
  3. New Mexico: +6.0%

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Comments

Still too many. Only 7 in 10 grads finding jobs as lawyers in an age with a <4% unemployment rate, median real dollar starting salaries still ~20% lower than a decade ago, etc.

Posted by: Unemployed Northeastern | Nov 9, 2018 11:05:24 PM

I'm wondering about whether the 73.5% reduction in Delaware results from differences in how the Wideners (as they are now) reported data back then.

Posted by: Anonymous | Nov 10, 2018 1:54:15 PM

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