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Law School Applications Are Down in the US, But Not in Mississippi

Posted Nov 9, 2011 8:11 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Would-be law lawyers in Mississippi are bucking the trend and applying to law schools in about the same numbers as last year.

Nationwide, law school applications are down by about 10 percent, the Jackson Clarion Ledger reports, citing information from the Law School Admission Council. But law schools at the University of Mississippi and Mississippi College aren’t seeing any decline.

Application numbers at both schools are on track with last year, when applications increased despite the economic downturn.

At the University of Mississippi, applications last year were up 3 percent over the previous year, and up 42 percent from 2008, the Clarion Ledger says. At Mississippi College, applications last year were up 26 percent from the previous year.

The Clarion Ledger interviewed Mississippi State University senior Taylor Luczak, who is considering applying to both the state’s law schools. "Yes, the economy is tough, but we've been in tougher situations," Luczak told the newspaper. "If you're determined enough to do anything, it will happen."

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