Paul L. Caron

Friday, December 28, 2018

Diving Into The ABA Enrollment Data

ABA Logo (2016)Following up on my previous posts (links below):  Karen Sloan, Diving Into the ABA Enrollment Data:

Last week brought the release of the official, national law school enrollment data from the American Bar Association. ...

The headline was that first-year enrollment went up 3 percent, which is the first significant annual increase since 2010. You can read my story about that here. But there is lots of other interesting data included in the ABA’s release of 509 disclosures. I’ll be wading into some of that in the coming weeks, but I want to point to some interesting early analysis of the numbers from around the web.

First up, the always astute legal education observer Jerry Organ has a look at national transfer data, concluding that the number of law students transferring to other campuses continues to trend down. His analysis on TaxProf Blog shows that a mere 4 percent of students transferred this fall, down from the peak of 5.8 percent in 2013. Certain schools still dominate the transfer market, including Georgetown University Law Center; George Washington University Law School; Arizona state University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law; and New York University School of Law.

Transfers may be down, but the number of non-J.D. students nationwide is soaring. The ABA reported an 8 percent increase in non-J.D. enrollment, which includes people in LL.M. and master’s programs. (About one in seven enrolled students are not in a J.D. program.) Pepperdine law professor Derek Muller parsed the individual school data over at his blog Excess of Democracy to find which campuses have the most non-J.D. students. The University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of the Law tops the list, where a whopping 78 percent of students aren’t pursing a J.D. That’s not terribly surprising, however. Not only does Arizona have an LL.M. and master’s program, but it’s also the first ABA-accredited law school to offer a bachelor’s in law for undergradsRegent University School of Law and Liberty University School of Law also had non-J.D. enrollment above the 50-percent mark, Muller found.

Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:

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