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Law School Applicants Drop by More Than 15 Percent; Are Tuition Cuts Ahead?

Posted Apr 9, 2012 8:29 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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More statistics are confirming that fewer students are interested in attending law school.

According to the Law School Admission Council, 60,693 would-be law students had applied at accredited law schools through the end of March, a decrease of 15.6 percent from last year. The LSAT Blog: Ace the LSAT has the news. The total number of applications submitted was 440,964, a drop of 13.6 percent.

Last year at this time, the LSAC had received 91 percent of the final applicant count.

The Chicago Tribune reported on declining law school applications last month, based on figures through mid-March. The story suggests that changes may be ahead. “Demand for legal education, as measured by the number of applicants, has experienced double-digit percentage declines for the second year in a row,” the Tribune said. “If demand continues to decline, schools have to consider cutting class sizes or tuition, or both.”

In 2011, the number of applicants dropped 10.7 percent and the number of applications dropped 11 percent from 2010.

The news follows disclosures of a drop in people taking the Law School Admission Test. About 22,000 people took the LSAT in February, the lowest number for a February exam since 2001.

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