Paul L. Caron

Saturday, November 20, 2021

WaPo: The Country’s Most Popular Law School Got An Unexpected Jolt

Following up on my previous post, Law Schools Report 'Eye-Popping' LSAT Scores In Their 1L Classes:  Washington Post, The Country’s Most Popular Law School Got an Unexpected Jolt:

Georgetown (2016)Year in and year out, the Georgetown University Law Center in D.C. gets more applications than any other law school in the country (and yes, that includes law schools at Harvard and Yale and Stanford). But what happened for the 2021-22 academic year was historic.

Collectively, U.S. law schools this year saw an increase of at least 12 percent in applicants for classes that started this fall and a 26 percent jump in applications — the largest in nearly 20 years, according to the nonprofit Law School Admission Council.

At Georgetown University Law Center, the increase was so high that it shocked Georgetown law officials, who have become accustomed to being the country’s most popular law school. The school saw a 41 percent increase in applicants — for a total of 14,052. Of all law school applicants nationwide, 1 in 5 applied to Georgetown. It is the largest law school in the country with some 2,000 students in juris doctor degree (JD) programs, with Harvard second at some 1,750 JD students. ...

Why ... did Georgetown University Law Center have such a huge rise in applicants?

“I think it’s a combination of things,” said William M. Treanor, dean and executive vice president of Georgetown Law. “Washington, D.C., is a huge lure. It offers you things you can’t get anywhere else. And we have internships with lawmakers and policymakers and faculty engaged directly in the issues of the day.” ...

For fall 2021, Georgetown enrolled 561 students from 45 states and 17 foreign countries, an acceptance rate of 12.9 percent — down from 21 percent a year ago. It was also the most diverse first-year class — with 40 percent identifying as people of color, as compared with 32 percent the previous year. Of the 561, 110 are Opportunity Scholars, which awards scholarships to students with the most significant financial need and high academic credentials. Women constitute 54 percent of the class.

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