On January 28, 2013, the National Law Journal published Karen Sloan’s piece “Avoiding law school in droves.” Take a look at this excerpt:
“Nearly everyone in legal education expected the number of law school applicants to fall off this academic year. But they weren't prepared for this.
As of mid-January, 27,891 people had applied for seats in American Bar Association-accredited law schools. That represented a 20 percent decline since last year (and 2012 was hardly a banner year itself, as the number of applicants fell by nearly 14 percent.) If the trend holds through the final months of the admission cycle, law schools would see a 38 percent crash since their peak in 2010.
"I am surprised by the extent of the decline," said University of St. Thomas School of Law professor Jerome Organ, who has been tracking law school enrollment and economic trends. "I had anticipated a decline, but possibly a more moderate decline than the last two years."
It looks like one for the record books: Upon seeing the application figures from the Law School Admission Council (LSAC), Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law professor Deborah Jones Merritt decided to research the last time U.S. law schools had attracted such a small applicant pool. She couldn't find records before 1983, but at no time during the past 30 years had the applicant totals slipped below 60,000. (There were 175 ABA-accredited law schools during the early 1980s; there now are 201.)” [Emphasis mine]
You are welcome, bitches. Here is Sloan’s conclusion:
“Law schools face an even more pressing problem than merely filling their classes, said Washington University in St. Louis Law School professor Brian Tamanaha. He is the author of Failing Law Schools, a scathing critique of legal education in this country.
"The class of 2010 was really the peak enrollment year, and that class graduates this spring," Tamanaha said. "Although we had smaller entering classes in 2011 and 2012, having that larger class helped fill out enrollment. When that large class is replaced by a much smaller new class this fall, the cumulative effect will be quite significant."
Schools will need to make up for those lost tuition payments. Several have already cut staff, and faculty could be next. "Now we're going to see some program cuts," Tamanaha said. "Our situation will change quite dramatically." [Emphasis mine]
Of course, the law school swine will make sure to release low-wage staff members and adjuncts first. Apparently, that makes the most economic sense to these academic thieves.
LSAC Data on Decreasing Amount of U.S. Law School Applicants:
Make sure to review the LSAC charts labeled “Three-Year ABA Volume Comparison.”
“The following charts report ABA applicants and applications for each of the past three falls.
As of 01/25/13, there are 217,432 Fall 2013 applications submitted by 30,098 applicants. Applicants are down 20.4% and applications are down 22.8% from 2012.
Last year at this time, we had 56% of the preliminary final applicant count.” [Emphasis mine]
When you scroll down to the bottom two graphs, you will note that, in contrast, there are 4.3% fewer applicants to Canadian law schools, resulting in an increase in applications of 0.7 percent. Perhaps, Canadian law schools don’t financially ass-rape their students as severely as their American counterpart “in$titution$ of higher learning” penetrate their victims' colons.
Coverage of the Huge Decline:
Elie Mystal’s January 28, 2013 entry was labeled “Law School Applications Crater.” Check out this opening:
“We’ve been following the decline in law school applications as prospective law students figure out that the pot of gold at the end of the law school rainbow isn’t available for everybody.
Today, we have a look at new numbers that show an even more precipitous drop in applications for the class of 2016 than many had expected. So far, applications are down 20 percent from where they were in 2012. Law school applications are down 38 percent from where they were in 2010.
If you’ve been wondering why we’ve seen this proliferation of law school deans and professors making spurious arguments in favor of going to law school, this is why.”
Academic thieves love to engage in spin, especially if it means that they can try to extend their scam by a few more years - before they retire. You know that these parasites do not want to return to practicing law or any other actual job. Near the end of his piece, Mystal points out why this development is good:
“If you ask me, these kinds of drops in law school applications are not a bad thing. They show that prospective students are becoming educated about the realities of the legal job market. Law school tuition remains high and totally out of whack with the market realities for recent graduates. Law schools have benefited for years from misinformation they fed to prospective students. Now that students have a more transparent look at the truth, the market is reacting properly.
Of course, I’m not a law school dean with my job on the line.” [Emphasis mine]
Conclusion: ABA-accredited trash pits are going to become much less selective, in their admi$$ion$ process. You can be certain that the overall first year class will not be close to 20 percent smaller than last year’s cumulative first year enrollment. The commodes will not be content with less revenue. Expect the pigs to “reduce” their incoming class sizes by roughly 10 percent, from last year. At what point will these stench pits admit people who can correctly select the state capital of California - from a multiple choice format?!