Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Fall LL.M. Enrollment Expected To Plummet, Bruising Law School Finances

Reuters, Fall LL.M. Enrollment Expected to Plummet, Bruising Law School Finances:

LLM 2As law schools grapple with campus reopenings, bar exam delays and faltering job prospects for graduates, many are expecting another blow from the coronavirus pandemic: a dropoff in Master of Laws student enrollment this fall that will leave the schools with fewer tuition dollars to tide them over through 2020.

At least seven top U.S. law schools, including Harvard Law School and University of Virginia School of Law, are planning for fewer LL.M. students than usual this fall because of health risks and visa issues, representatives told Reuters. Most are giving students the option to defer and start in January 2021, or next summer.

LL.M. programs offer advanced law degrees and often cater to foreign-trained attorneys who want to practice law in the United States, and who often don't receive financial aid.

Enrolling fewer LL.M. students in autumn will have a "significant" financial impact on Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, said dean Kimberly Yuracko. "Almost none" of Northwestern's foreign LL.M. students will be able to start in-person this autumn, she said, and few want to do the program online. ...

Half of 167 law school representatives surveyed in June by the National Association for Law Placement said their school had slashed budgets since March, and most expected more cuts are coming.

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