Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Great News: First Year Law School Enrollment Hits a 36 Year Low!
The Report: On December 17, 2013, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog published Jennifer Smith’s article, which was entitled “First-Year Law School Enrollment At 1977 Levels.” Look at this opening:
“First-year enrollment at U.S. law schools plunged to levels not seen since the 1970s, as students steered away from a career that has left many recent graduates loaded with debt and struggling to find work.
The American Bar Association said on Tuesday that the number of first-year law students fell 11% this year. So far, 39,675 full-time and part-time students enrolled in law school, nearly 5,000 fewer than in 2012.
That’s one student shy of 1977 enrollment levels, when the ABA reported 39,676 first-year students. The lowest previous tally was in 1975, when 39,038 students entered their first year of law school and there were only 163 ABA-approved schools (the current count is 202).
The 2013 drop extends a decline that is now in its third year. More than 52,000 would-be lawyers entered their first year of law school in 2010, an all-time high. Many of those students were thought to be seeking shelter from the economic tumult of the recession.
But even then the job market for newly-minted attorneys was contracting.
Many big law firms laid off junior lawyers during the downturn and slashed expenses as clients facing their own financial troubles pressed for discounts. Some lower-level legal tasks that firm associates used to do, such as document review, are now increasingly farmed out to contract attorneys or legal outsourcing companies that can do the work more cheaply.” [Emphasis mine]
You’re welcome, law school cockroaches. In the end, you greedy bastards brought this upon yourselves. At any rate, this is a significant development. The general public is catching onto the scam, thanks to our collective efforts.
Other Coverage: Mark Hansen’s piece, “Law school enrollment down 11 percent this year over last year, 24 percent over 3 years, data shows,” appeared in the December 17, 2013 edition of the ABA Journal. Check out the following excerpt:
“Law school enrollments nationwide are down 11 percent this year from last year and 24 percent from 2010, new figures show.
The nation’s 202 ABA-accredited schools reported that 39,675 full- and part-time students were enrolled in a first-year J.D. program this fall, according to figures released Tuesday by the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.
That’s a decrease of 4,806 students from the fall of 2012, when 44,481 students began their law school studies, and a decrease of 12,813 students from 2010, when an all-time high of 52,488 first-year students were enrolled in an ABA-accredited school.”
Now, even the law school pigs are agreeing with the scam-bloggers that the commodes have been enrolling too damn many students:
“David Yellen, dean of Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, says while the figures are not surprising, it is "still kind of stunning" to think that law school enrollments have declined nearly 25 percent in three years. "The last time fewer than 40,000 students were enrolled in law school was in 1977," he says.
Yellen also says that while he thinks 52,000 new law school enrollees a year is too many, we're now at the point where we might want to ask whether the market correction has gone too far and is being driven as much by negative publicity as anything else.
However, new applications are projected to be down another 10 to 15 percent in the coming year, he says, "so we're definitely not at the bottom of the cycle yet." [Emphasis mine]
How will the jackals be able to lower their ridiculous costs?!?!
The Pigs Have Been Forced to Trim the Fat: Back on July 15, 2013, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog featured a post from Ashby Jones and Jennifer Smith, which was labeled “Amid Falling Enrollment, Law Schools Are Cutting Faculty.” Review this portion:
“Law schools across the country are shedding faculty members as enrollment plunges, sending a grim message to an elite group long sheltered from the ups and downs of the broader economy.
Having trimmed staff, some schools are offering buyouts and early-retirement packages to senior, tenured professors and canceling contracts with lower-level instructors, who have less job protection. Most do so quietly. But the trend is growing, most noticeably among middle- and lower-tier schools, which have been hit hardest by the drop-off.
Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minn., for example, has shrunk its full-time faculty about 18% since 2010, and the school is exploring ways to further scale back its head count. Ten faculty members have retired since the school began offering early-retirement incentives in 2011, and four more have accepted agreements and plan to retire in the coming academic year.” [Emphasis mine]
We have seen the stories at various diploma mills and trash pits. For instance, VermonTTT Law Sewer was forced to cut faculty, staff, maintenance and cleaning services. This past July, $eTTon Haul Univer$iTTy SOL announced a 10% reduction in faculty compensation. Last week, on December 12th, Paul Campos noted that TJ$L was cutting jobs and trimming the operating budget by nearly 10 percent.
Conclusion: Due to our work in getting the message out, applications to ABA-accredited law schools are down. The bitches and hags are now admitting a higher percentage, but this cannot prevent a big-ass drop in first-year enrollment. The cockroaches are getting desperate, which is why you are seeing so many op-eds from “law professors”/parasites telling people that “Now is a great time to apply to law school.” In the final analysis, the rodents will do and say anything in order to avoid having to find a real job.
Posted by Nando at 5:57 AM