Paul L. Caron

Monday, January 28, 2019

Rather Than Increase 1L Class Size, Some Law Schools Shrink Strategically

Following up on my previous posts (links below):  ABA Journal, Rather Than Increasing 1L Class Size in 2018, Some Law Schools Shrunk Strategically:

While 117 law schools this year increased their first-year class sizes, following a growth of more than 8 percent in applications, a few others purposely had fewer 1L students in 2018. 

“When we saw that the applicant pool was much stronger at the top, we set a goal to go up two points for the median LSAT, assuming that most schools would go up one point,” says Melanie Leslie, the dean of Yeshiva University’s Cardozo School of Law. The first-year class has 334 students, compared to 368 1Ls in 2017. The median undergraduate grade-point average increased, from 3.51 to 3.52, and the median Law School Admissions Test score rose from 159 to 161. ...

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This is packaging. The schools are shrinking to prevent decline. It's simply another way of declining.

Posted by: Mike Livingston | Jan 28, 2019 4:06:24 AM

How sad that exclusivity would pass as an acceptable goal for a charity.

And to waste so much going through the motions for an accordingly overpriced degree instead of simply teaching everyone (within reason) and including the scores in job applications for whoever wants to know.

Posted by: Anand Desai | Jan 29, 2019 7:43:19 PM