U.S. Population in 1965: 194,302,963
Total Number of ABA-Approved Law Schools in 1965: 136
Total Law School Enrollment in 1965: 56,510
U.S. Population in 1991: 252,127,402
Total Number of ABA-Approved Law Schools in 1991: 176
Total Law School Enrollment in 1991: 129,580
U.S. Population in 2008: 304,059,724
Total Number of ABA-Approved Law Schools in 2008: 200
Total Law School Enrollment in 2008: 142,922
As you can see, yearly law school student enrollment more than doubled in the 26 years between 1965 and 1991; actually, the number of law students in 1991 was 2.29 times greater than that of 1965, i.e. 129,580/56,510. During this same time period, U.S. population grew by 29 percent. In other words, U.S. population was 1.29 times greater in 1991 than it was in 1965, i.e. 252,127,402/194,302,963.
Annual U.S. law student enrollment - in the span of 45 years - increased by nearly 153%, i.e. 142,922/56,510, whereas the total U.S. population had only increased by 56.5 percent in the same timeframe, i.e. 304,059,724/194,302,963.
Maybe, just maybe, the law schools are producing WAY TOO MANY GRADUATES!! Why else would you see Craig’s List ads seeking experienced lawyers and litigators, but only willing to pay $15 an hour?! How many unemployed JDs would be living in the streets or in shelters - if not for the kindness of their families?!
Conclusion: This Court of Common Sense finds that the growth of the law school industry has FAR exceeded that of the total population. Furthermore, the Court finds such growth unconscionable and unjustifiable, in light of the outsourcing of American legal work to foreign lawyers and non-lawyers. See ABA “Ethics” Opinion 08-451.
The industry has changed so much, in the last 5-10 years, let alone the last 45 years. Today, non-lawyers have greater access to legal forms, statutes, case law and court information that used to require the services of a lawyer. Also, many more people are now hiring lawyers on a piecemeal basis, from bankruptcy and divorces to real estate transactions. The ABA and its member schools have produced far too many annual graduates – for decades! Recent JDs are also graduating with MUCH larger student loan debt and higher interest rates – all while competing for a shrinking pool of available positions. On top of all this, many people have come to expect lawyers to donate their services for free.
The only “justification” for continuing to approve and accredit more law schools seems to be the fact that law schools are so profitable. This Court finds that this is not a sufficient justification for sending tens of thousands of young people – each year – into crippling, non-dischargeable debt.
In sum, current law students and recent graduates find themselves in a bind. Many are paying immense sums of money for a degree they will NEVER get to use – in terms of practicing law. The fact that the ABA continues to approve any fifth-rate diploma mill that applies for accreditation, shows conclusively that the ABA does not give a damn about current law students and recent graduates.