Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

ABA Releases Data On Law School Admissions And Tuition

Update:  ABA Journal, Overall, Law Schools See Increase in 1Ls and Decrease in Non-JD Students:

There is an 11.8% increase in first-year law students for the 2021 admissions cycle, compared to 2020. ... [T]he data showed a 1.2% decrease in students enrolled in LLM, masters and certificate programs.

ABA Website Updates Data on Law School Admissions, Tuition and Other Matter:

ABA Legal Ed (2021)Information about fall 2021 admissions and other matters reported by American Bar Association-approved law schools to the ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar is now publicly available. The information is required to be made public under Standard 509 of the Standards and Rules of Procedure for Approval of Law Schools.

The spreadsheets, explanatory information and the ABA's database of Standard 509 reports, as they are known, are available at Some of this information has been collected and summarized on the section’s website in its Statistics section under 2021 Standard 509 Data Overview. It shows that total J.D. enrollment for 2021 was up by 2.6% from the previous year. First-year enrollment increased by 4,516 students, an increase of 11.8%.

The material is collected by the section, which requires law schools each year to disclose data in several categories, covering admissions, tuition and living costs, financial aid, class and faculty demographics, employment outcomes, bar passage and other areas. The data can be easily searched and sorted, allowing for school-by-school comparisons and analysis and should be useful to prospective law students, pre-law advisors, media outlets and others who study and write about legal education.

Employment and bar passage outcomes are collected and reported separately. Release of updated bar passage data for 2021 bar examination outcomes is usually reported in February or March. Employment outcomes, which report employment for the class of 2021, are typically released in April. For now, both are on schedule.

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