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Women could be majority of law students in 2017; these schools have 100-plus female majorities


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If trends continue, women will outnumber men in law schools in 2017, according to a legal blog’s analysis of ABA statistics.

According to Associate’s Mind, the percentage decline in students attending law school is greater for men than women. From 2011 to 2015, the number of men attending law school dropped by 25.59 percent, while the number of women attending law school dropped by 17.31 percent.

From 2014 to 2015, the number of men going to law school dropped by 5 percent, while the number of women dropped by 3 percent. If those one-year percentage drops continue into 2016, there will be 132 more men than women attending law school. “Extrapolate that out one more year,” the blog says, “and women will outnumber men in law schools for the first time ever.”

The blog also found the number of law schools with more women than men is increasing. In 2011, 38 law schools had more women students enrolled than men. In 2015, 85 law schools had more women students enrolled than men. This chart has the breakdown.

Law schools where there were at least 100 more women than men in 2015 were:

• American University

• Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School

• California Western School of Law

• University of California at Berkeley

• Charlotte School of Law

• City University of New York

• DePaul University

• Florida Coastal School of Law

• Howard University

• Inter American University of Puerto Rico

• North Carolina Central University

• Northeastern University

• Southwestern Law School

• Suffolk University

• Thomas M. Cooley


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