Has Law School Enrollment Hit Rock Bottom?

LSAT spike fuels hope for enrollment turnaround.

, The National Law Journal


Legal educators are cautiously optimistic that the 2015-16 academic year will mark the low point for law school enrollment, and that the number of applicants next year will start to recover from a five-year slide.

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What's being said

  • Jen

    A co-worker, 54, will be entering law school next month. Her LSAT score was 149, her undergrad GPA was 2.3. She was accepted despite the fact that she can barely string two sentences together. She clearly will not make it beyond one semester. The law school, a 2nd tier school, knows this. It is outrageous that this woman has been led to believe that she will one day possess a J.D. It seems that getting into law school is about as difficult as getting into the University of Phoenix n

  • Theresa

    I am a recruiter and I don‘t see the upside for law students in finding a job after graduation. Yes, law schools can keep cranking them out but with law firms merging like crazy the jobs just might not be there.

  • Lawyer-Academic

    "Nearly 60 percent of 2014 law graduates found full-time jobs that required bar passage within 10 months, . . . "This is still pathetic. Now is not the time to rejoice. The law school industry needs to downsize & stop aggressively marketing until the job market settles into a new equilibrium - which will likely never again support the law schools as they exist today. I consider it an ethical responsibility to potential students, the profession, and the society we serve.

  • isaac

    I cant believe how correct Judgeslayer is. the incompetent and lazy New Jersey Judges are appalling. My attorneys have to prepare a case based upon the assumption the judge is mentally slow. The States only forensic detective says his biggest problem is explain a technical case to a judge that does not know what email is. Anti trust and corruption are everywhere and taxes are high because judges are stupid. And these judges went to Yale and Columbia. and to get a good decision is beyond the financial means of the average person. we‘d be better of with dueling pistols

  • JudgeSlayer

    The best insight into why we do not need more lawyers is the study done by law professor emeritus Robert Berring, Boalt Hall, UC Berkeley, entitled: "WHY CAN‘T JOHNNY RESEARCH". In that 1989 study, he found that over 80% of practicing lawyers in the US did NOT know how to perform basic legal research which is essential to accessing and understanding not just the state and federal statutes and regulations, but also accessing and READING the case law that governs the application of those laws. In my own personal experience over the past 30 years, there are far too many incompetent attorneys who don‘t really know the law at all. And the same goes for judges who also are presumed to know the law; in fact, such knowledge is "imputed" to them by law. That‘s a joke on all parties to any court case. The incompetence, negligence and malpractice that I have seen among lawyers is far more than the public would care to stomach. Oh, and lawyers don‘t turn in bad, unethical lawyers -- even though the rules of professional responsibility in each state mandate such whistleblowing. Last time I checked, the attrition rate among new lawyers was over 50% five years after passing the bar.

  • Larson

    Dan Quayle famously said in a speech in 1991 that there were too many lawyers. Was he right?

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