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. ...
Of the 46 law schools that decreased first-year class sizes by 5 percent or greater this year, 31 increased their median LSAT by at least one point, according to the Spivey Consulting Group, which works with law schools and law school applicants. A total of 22 schools increased both their LSAT and undergraduate GPA medians. ...
Another benefit to shrinking an entering class size is the potential to rise on U.S. News & World Report’s law school rankings. That happened in March 2017 for Washington & Lee University School of Law, when it went from 40th to 28th in the rankings. ,,,
[Michigan State shrank] the entering class, from 266 to 208. The school’s median GPA decreased, from 3.56 to 3.52, and the median LSAT for both years has been 154.
Prior TaxProf Blog posts:
- Law School Enrollment Strategies In The Changed Legal Education Market (Oct. 4, 2018)
- ABA Releases Data On All 203 Law Schools (Dec.14, 2018)
- 1L Enrollment Increased 3%, Non-JD Enrollment Surged 8% In Fall 2018 (Dec. 15, 2018)
- 51% Of Law Schools Increased Their Median LSATs, 60% Increased Their Median GPAs (Dec. 16, 2018)
- 2018 ABA Data Show Continued Decline In Number And Percentage Of Transfers (Dec. 17, 2018)
- 2018 ABA Law School Disclosure Reports (Stats + Graphs) (Dec. 19, 2018)
- WSJ: Law Schools Find A Way To Fill Seats (No Lawyers Required) (Dec. 20, 2018)
- The Ten Law Schools With The Biggest Increases In 1L Enrollment (Dec. 22, 2018)
- The Ten Law Schools With The Biggest Decreases In 1L Enrollment (Dec. 22, 2018)
- Diving Into The ABA Enrollment Data (Dec. 28, 2018)
- The Ten Law Schools With The Highest Non-JD Enrollment (Jan. 8, 2019)