Thursday, October 10, 2019
Following up on my previous posts (links below): Minnesota Daily, UMN Law School Sees Largest First-Year Class in Almost a Decade:
This fall, the University of Minnesota Law School saw its largest entering juris doctorate class in eight years. The school is recovering after a decline in enrollment following the 2008 recession.
Reasons why enrollment is bouncing back at the law school range from a strong economy, the school’s high ranking and the current political climate, according to students and those in the industry.
Coined the “Trump bump," many speculate the rise in law school enrollment across the country can be, in part, attributed to the political climate. The idea is that some students, upset about actions by President Donald Trump, feel motivated to create change. ... While there is speculation about the “Trump Bump” theory, [Minnesota] Law School Dean Garry Jenkins said that on a national level, law school applications declined last year. This decline indicates that the political climate may not have been the largest force affecting applications. “I’m not sure if the 'Trump Bump' is true anymore,” he said. ...
Jenkins said the Law School’s high employment rate after graduation and exciting programs are factors contributing to the rise in applicants. The school saw an eight percent increase in entering J.D. applications last year. ...
The school is on a three-year plan to pull itself out of the budget deficit and is currently on track to meet its goal.
Prior TaxProf Blog coverage:
- Amidst 32% Enrollment Decline, University Of Minnesota Funds $16 Million Law School Operating Deficit (Feb. 12, 2016)
- Dorothy Brown: A Top Law School Will Close In 2-4 Years (Mar. 17, 2016)
- NY Times: Amidst 33% Enrollment Decline, University Of Minnesota Funds $16 Million Law School Operating Deficit (May 13, 2016)
- University Provides $2.2 Million Lifeline to Minnesota Law School to Help Close $3 Million Budget Deficit Caused by 18% Enrollment Decline (June 4, 2016)
- Chronicle: Highly Ranked Law Schools Like Minnesota, Washington & Lee Cut Enrollments, Costs To Survive (July 2, 2016)
- Minnesota (-33%), Oregon (-43%) Law Schools Welcome Much Smaller 1L Classes Compared to 2011 (Aug. 23, 2016)
- Amidst Declining Enrollment And Budget Deficits, Minnesota Law School Dean Seeks To Shift Narrative (Oct. 8, 2016)
- University Of Minnesota Increases Law School's Annual Subsidy To $12 Million Amidst Declining Applications, Enrollment (On Top Of $40 Million Subsidy Since 2012-13) (May 11, 2018)
- University Of Minnesota Law School Seeks $3.6 Million Increase In Subsidy To Maintain Top 20 Ranking (May 29, 2018)
- University Of Minnesota Approves $3.6 Million Subsidy For Law School; Regent Urges School To Drop Quest To Retain Top 20 Ranking Due To Projected $100 Million 10-Year Subsidy (June 22, 2018)
- Minnesota Associate Dean Tells The Story Behind The Media Coverage Of The Law School's Budget Challenges (June 23, 2018)
- University Of Minnesota Law School Reduces Budget Deficit By 33% (From $5.2m to $3.9m), On Path To Balanced Budget In 2021 (February 9, 2019)
- Minnesota Law School Is On Track To Eliminate Multi-Million Dollar Deficit While Defending Its Top 20 Ranking (April 11, 2019)