Law Schools

Law school applicants could drop below 60,000 for the first time in 30 years

The current drop in law school applicants could lead to a record of sorts.

As of mid-January, the number of applicants to ABA-accredited law schools had dropped by 20 percent since last year, the National Law Journal reports. So far, 27,891 people have applied, according to the Law School Admission Council. If the trend continues, between 53,000 and 54,000 people will apply for the 2013 school year, a 30-year low.

Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz law professor Deborah Jones Merritt researched the available records and told the NLJ that 60,000 was the previous low. Last year, 68,000 people applied to ABA-accredited law schools.

Only four law schools have had an increase in applications, the story says. The LSAC did not identify the schools.

Prior coverage: “Fiscal Calamity Ahead for Some Law Schools? Applicants for 2013 Drop 22% in ‘Free Fall’ “

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