Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

How Will COVID-19 Disrupt Law School Admissions?

Karen Sloan (, How Will COVID-19 Disrupt Law School Admissions?:

CoronavirusThe law school admissions cycle is heading into a critical period when deposits for applicants to save a seat are due and prospective students must make decisions about where to attend—or whether to attend at all.

It’s too early to tell exactly how COVID-19 will affect admission numbers, and it’s also uncertain how it will impact the number of international students coming to U.S. law schools, which has become an increasingly important source of students and tuition over the past decade.

But it is clear that the ongoing crisis is creating some turmoil with admissions, at least in the short-term, as schools scramble to connect remotely with prospective 1Ls and accepted applicants.

The total number of applicants to American Bar Association-accredited law schools was down nearly 4% as of April 6, compared with the previous year. Just 16 law schools have seen an increase in applications, while 180 have seen a decrease.

We are proud that Pepperdine Caruso Law is one of those 16 law schools experiencing an increase in applications (our increase is over 10%).

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