Legal Education

ABA posts law school consumer info for 2015

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Law school consumer information for the entering class of 2015 is now available on the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar’s website, the section said in a press release Wednesday.

The information at the section’s website comes from the annual questionnaires ABA-approved law schools are required to file with the section.

Readers can download spreadsheets for each of the past five years presenting the schools’ data side by side in in 11 categories, including admissions, tuition and living costs, grants and scholarships, class and faculty demographics, employment outcomes and bar passage rates.

Or, readers can obtain the same data on a school-by-school basis in downloadable PDF form.

The data shows that total enrollment in JD programs at 204 ABA-approved schools last fall fell nearly 5 percent from the year before, from 119,775 in 2014 to 113,900 last fall. The number of first-year students also declined 2.2 percent last year from the year before, from 37,894 to 37,058.

More than half of all schools reported declines in first-year enrollment last year from the year before, 54 of them by more than 10 percent. Thirty-nine schools reported increases of more than 10 percent.

The spreadsheets, along with each school’s information report and a guide to the data, is available here.

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