Sunday, December 21, 2014

Great News: Law School Total Enrollment is Now at a 27 Year Low – and First Year Enrollment Plunges to 40 Year Depths

Happy Holidays!: On December 17, 2014, Noelle Price posted a JD Journal entry labeled “Law School Enrollment at 27-Year Low.” From the opening:

“Law school enrollment has been steadily declining, and that trend continued this fall. According to the American Bar Association, enrollment dropped close to 7 percent from 2013. The New York Times reports that enrollment has declined 17.5 percent from 2010, during which record-breaking enrollment was reported. Enrollment is at the lowest point since 1987—a time during which there were far fewer law schools. 

For the fall semester, 204 law schools that are accredited by the bar association reported 37,924 full- and part-time students had enrolled for their first year of law school. This is a decline of 1,751 students, roughly 4.4 percent, since 2013. 

In March, the ABA reported reduced enrollment at law schools nationwide.

Four years ago, law school enrollment peaked at 52,488 first-year students. This year’s numbers reflect a decline of 27.7 percent since that time. In 2010, the recession had taken its toll and many signed up for law school to obtain professional degrees in hopes of securing job and financial stability. 

However, the job market for attorneys has been gloomy since the recession, and many prospective students have had second thoughts about accumulating hundreds of thousands of dollars in law school debt to commit to a career that may have few jobs available. Fewer students are signing up for the Law School Admissions Test, with this year’s reported numbers down 8.1 percent from last year, and down 50 percent since the same test period in 2009.” [Emphasis mine]

Once we removed the veil from the pigs’ faces, everyone could see those beady little eyes and vile snouts. Now, fewer people are willing to incur insane amounts of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt – for such pathetic employment prospects. You’re welcome, law school swine!

Other Coverage: Bloomberg published a great Ellen Rosen piece, entitled “Law School Enrollment Plummets to 27 Year Low: Business of Law,” on December 17, 2014. Check out this epic opening:

“With the continuous news of a weak market for young lawyers, enrollment of first-year law students at accredited schools is at a 40-year low and overall enrollment is at its lowest in 27 years. 

Coupled with the drop in LSAT test-takers this year, the likelihood of a turnaround remains low. 

The new statistics on law schools come from the American bar Association, which yesterday released its annual enrollment data. According to the study by the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, total law school enrollment at the 204 accredited schools is 119,775, a 6.9 percent decrease from last year and an 18 percent decrease from its record high in 2010. The number enrolled is the lowest since 1987, when there were 175 ABA-approved schools, 29 fewer than today. 

The report also said there were 37,924 full-time and part-time students starting law school this fall, a 4.4 percent drop from last year and 28 percent decrease from 2010, when 52,488 students began law school, an all-time high.

The number of first-year students is the lowest since 1973, when there were only 151 accredited law schools. 

William Hubbard, president of the ABA, said in a phone interview yesterday that the numbers are “an indication that prospective students have read a lot of reports about the job market.” [Emphasis mine]

Good observation, Bitch Hubbard. Perhaps, if your excrementitious organization had done something – any damn thing – to prevent its greedy, selfish member schools from pumping out FAR TOO MANY GRADUATES for decades, then the law sewers might not be in trouble now. Then again, you pieces of trash at the American Bar Association have only ever cared about Biglaw.

Law Schools Shedding Tenured Faculty: On December 18, 2014, Matt Leichter posted a Law School Tuition Bubble article labeled “Which Law Schools Are Shedding Full-Time Faculty? (2014 Edition). After researching the recently-released 509 Information Reports, here are Leichter’s findings:

“Since last year, the number of fall full-time instructors at all law schools fell by 8 percent; the cumulative decline since 2010 has been 11 percent, so much of what’s going on happened just before this academic year.”

Conclusion: This is excellent news. For decades, the law school cockroaches KNOWINGLY and INTENTIONALLY enrolled too many students – each year – for the available number of attorney job openings. Then, the parasites kept pushing up tuition rates to outrageous sums. Plus, the rodents simultaneously published misleading and false employment “placement” data for potential pupils to consume. Again, these “educators” simply do not give one goddamn about their students, applicants/potential victims, or recent graduates. No one should feel sorry for the schools and full-time “professors” who have been forced out of their overpaid, underworked positions since the large decline in overall enrollment. In a just world, these filthy pigs would be put through a meat grinder.


  1. Buying out old geezer profs makes no sense. It's not like they have any leverage. Firms aren't going to shell out money for 60 year olds that haven't practiced law in 30 years.

    1. it's not market demand. it's employment contracts.

  2. Looks like that pig jumped out of the way of that truck. I'm not sure the law school pigs will be that lucky.

  3. Even at these enrollment levels there is, in no way, enough demand for JD's outside (loosely) the T10, more likely T6. Demand for JD's outside of the above is negative in fact.

    And given current tuition levels and market saturation, the EV of a non-elite JD (outside T10/T6 again) is overwhelmingly negative.

    This is only, IMO, the beginning.

  4. Spending 3 years and $100K+ in student loans for a shitty law degree is proof positive of mental deficiency.

  5. There's maybe 7-8k good career trajectory type jobs a year. And they mostly go to the T10 law schools with a handful of connected and top graduates at the rest of the top 80 or so law school. Or they go to older established students who are getting the degree on their company's dime to move up, usually as evening students at dopey schools.

    The statistics and reality just don't bear out the BS picture the law school pigs paint and that loser attorneys promote of themselves in person or on the internet. Too many people have figured out that most law grads are broke and don't really have careers. The lipstick on a pig just doesn't work anymore, so to speak.

    Well it is still working, just not on as many people.

    The enrollment will have to continue to decline. The day doc review rates start spiking upwards is when you know the bottom was hit. But that may never happen. There are just too many already produced, it would take decades to fix this mess.

    People have mentioned the dental field went through the same thing. The timeline will likely be similar.

    1. Right. Exactly right.

      The day we see doc review rates moving up is when we'll know we've moved past the bottom point. But see this thread:

      As stated above, this may never happen.

      The Boomers who, contrary to popular belief, still have a good 20+ years left in law before we see a mass exodus, enjoyed the apex of the legal profession. Subsequent grads will not. The 1970's are long-gone.

  6. The law schools brought this upon themselves. Only now are these selfish assholes starting to feel the effects of their greed. How many people have been financially ruined in the process?

  7. The law school industry, outside the T-20, has been a scam for a very long time. When I graduated from a T-2 in the late 80s, slightly below the middle of the class, could not find legal employment. Had to start from scratch in a small business. Back then I was too ashamed to stay connected to other law school grads, and certainly too embarrassed to report my lack of legal employment to the school. Turns out, having seen a fellow grad recently, who did stay in touch with other former classmates, that many of my cohorts were in the same boat, and that virtually all who may have been employed by big law were flushed out and were no longer practicing law of any kind. Turns out that big law wanted tier 2 wage slaves to do the grunt work, but that to become a partner you had to have the prestige degree from a T-10 school (or a T-25 with a niche like patent law and an engineering undergrad degree.)

    The scam perpetuated for another 25 years because of the silence of shame. Thanks Nando and Law school transparency for casting light into the darkness so that another generation does not waste good years of their lives on a very poor investment.

    1. Break the cycle of shame. The thugs who try to shame jobless law school grads are often the same thugs who try to shame female rape victims. They also have a tendency to threaten women with lawsuits, which arouses them sexually. The law school business can get really sick sometimes.

    2. You are absolutely right. The thing that's different today is that law degrees are way more expensive than they were back then. Starting over is much harder than it used to be (for most students).

      Also, educational debt can't be discharged in bankruptcy. So today's grads are in a much worse position -- they aren't merely jobless, they are forever indebted.

    3. The internet, specifically sites like this one, has brought out the truth. Lawyers did not speak about the profession due to embarrassment. Anyone can come on here anonymously and tell the world. Now that the truth about law school and this profession is unfolding, the effect is being seen with lower admissions.

    4. Amen.

      How many times did a law-school-sponsored speaker advise me and my peers to "fake it until we make it"? Every one. It's a con. One person's terrible position can be dismissed as "anecdotal" and non-representative, so it's critical to keep people isolated and silent.

      PSLF, IBR, PAYE, those programs are meant to silence debtors and keep the stain of the true number of defaults off the schools, so that schools can continue to take tax receipts.

      The 'everything is going rosy for me!' veneer is everywhere in the law. Big firms, small firms, they all project false information so that customers won't balk and infer they are bad at their jobs.

      How many people would be going to law school if the true financial devastation were laid bare, instead of whitewashed by soft-default programs?

      You know what, even the lemmings would get scared if all the sudden somebody tore back the curtain and showed in the aggregate how broke and unable to repay loans law graduates actually are. Won't happen, the DOE, the feds will remain silent.

      Only the shady, privately-financed, New American Foundation ('think-tank') to break the news that the worst price inflation, worst debt inflation, worst performing loans are loans to law graduates.

      Grad loans look like the loans with the lowest default rates and yet have the highest interest rates. There's a reason. All the defaults are masked in IBR/ PAYE; the sky-high GRADPlus interest rate is really because the portfolio is rotten, awash in default.

    5. No argument-but when does it stop? Attending law school, especially the lower-ranked schools, sets up the students for life-long financial disaster. But even if apps are dropping and class sizes are getting smaller, there still seems to be an inexhaustible supply of lemmings/Special Snowflakes/the irredeemably gullible taking out the loans and filling up the classes; Indiana Tech is still in business! It almost seems hopeless-the information is out there, so why haven't dozens of law schools closed?

  8. Some of the shadier law schools are still trying to recruit students by encouraging them to become professors. The University of Chicago has become notorious for this. Talk about a pyramid scheme! Do the pigs at Chicago have any idea how many students have to incur life-destroying debt for worthless law degrees just to support one of their academic stars as a professor?

  9. when are we going to expand this movement to include higher education as a whole? even jn some of the engineerings more grads are produced than there are jobs, to say nothing of other majors.

    What started as third tier reality is going to snowball into a backlash against college in general because the same scam keeps getting played over and over.

    We need a place to rally: all of us from all disciplines that were scammed by higher ed.

    1. The word is getting around. There's a similarly - though not as bad - decline in undergraduate enrollment. A lot of schools that are just ho-hum local university are charging in excess of the caps on federal student loans, and the private lending market has dried up since the system went all-direct fed loans. They're losing market share. Trust me, there's a lot of large bond debt out there in the undergrad arena for the same reasons: building, explosion in administrators, explosion in the salaries of some tenured professors, while relying on ripping off adjuncts to meet the bottom line. The "system" is insolvent.

      There's no STEM grad shortage at all, either. That's just B.S. invented by large employers to encourage foreign labor that's cheaper than US labor. H1B visas, baby! Those workers are entirely dependent on the employer for the ability to stay in the USA; they're not allowed to look for other work or switch jobs. That whole propaganda push is about making sure globalization works for the super rich.

    2. Exactly. Tech shortage my a$$..

      The stupid American student dumb enough to bother with a STEM education, absent a plan of med school (and that's now Big Bucks and Debt Serfdom as well anyway...), isn't really wanted. He'll pay full-fare to the Edu. Debt Serf System while his curry-eating counterpart comes on an H1-B, lives with 5 or 6 others in a rented place, and takes the job he, not the American worker, will be offered.

      The Edu. System won. The company won, as always. The American student / worker, now in 6-figure non-dischrgeable debt is the loser - as always.

  10. How is higher ed at a reputable university a scam? Whose fault is it if somebody assumes large loans for a basket weaving degree?. Does anybody from the millenials generation ever say to themselved.. gee I was dumb for doing that, or is it always somebody else's fault?

    1. calm ur feels. Its not always a scam.

      but the scam does go beyond law school.

    2. No one thinks the average State U undergrad degree is a scam.

      The scammy law schools are more akin to the online, for profit undergrads, the ITT Tech, U. of Phoenix, Kaplan, etc. The type of schools that confer a near-worthless degree for exorbitant prices.

    3. 4 years at a state school for a BA is cheap enough to be survivable even if you pick a crap major and get no employment boost.
      3 years of ultra-expensive law school can ruin your life if the job never materializes. The risk is much higher.

    4. They're pretty much all scams because the vast majority of the jobs people get even out of good undergrads didn't require a college degree 30 years ago.

      What changed that employers refuse to train and people need a piece of paper?

      Probably massive overpopulation. The market has been trying to correct, but the politicians stubbornly just import more and more people into the country either through H1-b, or amnesty, or other legal immigration.

      It makes zero sense to have young people in school for so long. They need to start jobs then start families. Instead they get indebted and become older and then can't even have kids.

      The COL is also insanely high because the government insisted on tying retirement and net work into homes and then pumping the value up, the short term goal was to drive the economy with housing and then tax receipts by driving up property values. But instead of it being short term it's been going on for decades.

      Since wages didn't go up and opportunity actually went down, there is a huge bottleneck because new families are completely priced out. Logic and common sense indicate if something is affordable to an entire generation, and then you do nothing but inflate the value, that pursuing generations will now find it unaffordable.

      You put everything together and I am stunned the system is even still standing. Apparently the economy grew 5% last quarter but does anybody even buy that?

      It's not just law grads but pretty much everyone under 35 got the rug pulled out. There are a few winners, but there are a few winners in every third world country too. The American machine was unique because of its large middle class, fueled in part by excessive taxation on the very highest levels and wage freezes (which is how health insurance for instance even came about--employers couldn't entice employees with raises so they had to do it with benefits). Most people don't understand this is how America was built but call that Communism or Socialism, without understanding Capitalism dies when you rig it so that the rich always win and everyone else constantly loses.

      I seriously don't know how long this can go on. Law school is one of the worst scams but it's not like things are that great anywhere else for most. That's probably why so many lemmings still go to law school.

    5. "You put everything together and I am stunned the system is even still standing. Apparently the economy grew 5% last quarter but does anybody even buy that?"

      No. Not for half a second. Not even close. I think the average person is growing more and more weary and skeptical of the meme that the economy is getting better, that we're close to pre-recession unemployment, that things have looked up (past tense). Prices are up. That's what's up.

  11. Even some State Schools are relatively expensive these days, example., Penn-State. Not a scam as most graduates will get a significant employment boost . . but still actually more expensive than some public law school tuitions.

    1. I agree. What's scary is that I have met students who were near the top of the class in Penn-State who can't get a decent job. That is a sobering thought that should make anyone think hard before going to law school today.

  12. A former student from RWUDecember 22, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    Hello, Nando, do I have some dirt for you...
    And before that, about a couple of weeks ago, I got an email from them, which read like this...
    Thank you to all who participated in #GivingTuesday one week ago today. The results are in!

    RWU and RWU Law received gifts and pledges totaling $384,746 from 245 very generous donors! This represents 44 more donors and over twice the dollars compared to last year! Alumni, parents, faculty, staff, students and friends all answered the call.

    Your support of RWU and the Affordable Excellence initiative makes it possible to realize the heart of our mission and reach our highest priorities. Together, your outpouring of support proves that the holiday season is a time for giving thanks and for giving back.

    For all of you who gave, thank you. May you have a peaceful and joyous holiday season.

    You can still give the gift of an RWU education. Visit:
    Roast 'em, Nando.


    On December 17, 2014, Elizabeth Olson and fellow crusader David Segal wrote an excellent New York Times DealBook piece entitled “A Steep Slide in Law School Enrollment Accelerates.” From their opening:

    “The bottom of the law school market just keeps on dropping.

    Enrollment numbers of first-year law students have sunk to levels not seen since 1973, when there were 53 fewer law schools in the United States, according to the figures just released by the American Bar Association. The 37,924 full- and part-time students who started classes in 2014 represent a 30 percent decline from just four years ago, when enrollment peaked at 52,488.

    The recession was in full swing then, and many college graduates looked at law school, as they have many times in the past, as a sure ticket to a good job. Now, with the economy slowly rebounding, a growing number of college graduates are examining the costs of attending law school and the available jobs and deciding that it is not worth the money.

    “People are coming to terms with the fact that this decline is the product of long-term structural changes that are just not going away,” said Paul F. Campos, a professor at the University of Colorado’s law school. “It’s kind of a watershed moment.”

    Paul Campos has also done great work in exposing this filthy indu$try. He didn’t have to write about this scam, especially as a tenured prof. Thank you for helping to flush the law school turds. I also feel that potential law students owe a debt of gratititude to David Segal for his EPIC NYT article, “Is Law School a Losing Game?”

    That story appeared on the front page of the New York Times, Business section, of the Sunday edition on January 8, 2011! That was nearly four years ago. It seems a while ago now. And look at how that mainstream coverage changed the terms of debate. When that piece was published, it was a great moment in time.

    Before these two men came on board, law school shills and cockroaches would chirp “All of these scambloggers are unemployed losers” – which was a fallacy. Brian Tamanaha also set the wheels in motion with his June 11, 2010 Balkinization entry, “Wake Up Fellow Law Professors, to the Casualties of Our Enterprise.”

    To those who continue to educate lemmings and others about the law school scam, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. Thank you for your insight, support and often hilarious comments. We have collectively beaten the law school pigs to a pulp – armed with nothing but the facts, charts, graphs, industry data, and some well-placed vitriol. These “educators” have fed off the flesh of students for too long. It is time to put these bitches and hags in a barbecue pit.

  14. We have collectively beaten the law school pigs to a pulp – armed with nothing but the facts, charts, graphs, industry data, and some well-placed vitriol. These “educators” have fed off the flesh of students for too long. It is time to put these bitches and hags in a barbecue pit.

    Perfect, just perfect. Facts can be annoying. I thank you Nando for your leading the way. I have kicked in my two cents worth from 37 years of solo practice, trying to put some real world perspective to the practice of law at the low end. I have made a pretty fair living, though far below many other, but the amount of work it took is nothing anyone should have to do. I figure I am at 56.5 years of 2,000 hour years after 37 years. Hourly work is just "piece work" and it is brutally demanding. It has been a job, not a career. Many years ago, I came to many of the conclusions about the law that the "scamblogs" have been highlighting over the last few years. There was no internet then, and no support, and I regretted going to law school. I was right in my conclusions.

  15. No schools are closing, but a lot of cocksuckers are out of an overpaid teaching job now.

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    On December 18, 2014, the Indianapolis Business Journal reposted a Bloomberg News piece, “Law school enrollment plummets to 27-year-low, ABA says.” Here is the conclusion:

    “The Law School Admission Council, which administers the LSAT, said the number of those taking the June exam dropped 9.1 percent from last year, and takers of the September test dropped 8.1 percent from the year before. The number taking the December test, given Dec. 6, hasn’t yet been released.

    The enrollment declines have affected the credit ratings of law schools, in particular the stand-alone schools unaffiliated with universities.

    “Law schools are continuing to experience credit risk associated with falling demand,” San Francisco-based Standard & Poor’s analyst Robert Dobbins said in an e-mailed statement. “The outlook on all of the stand-alone law schools S&P rates are currently negative in part due to this continued enrollment pressure.”

    The graying of the legal market may eventually provide relief for some schools, said [ABA “president” Cockroach William] Hubbard, a partner at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Columbia, South Carolina.

    “I don’t have a crystal ball, but if I were looking at this more broadly, a large percentage of lawyers are baby boomers” who are beginning to face retirement, he explained. “Based on those statistics, and based on unmet needs, there is reason to have some optimism, although it’s hard to predict.”

    Would you trust this old, wrinkly son of a bitch enough to buy a used car off his ass? Hell, I wouldn’t purchase a pack of chewing gum from this bastard. If his statement above regarding the supposed “graying of the legal market” is any indication of his “honesty,” then this rodent would likely sell a car without brake lines to a young kid – or expectant mother - and then extol the virtues of the car’s “safety.”

    Remember, old fossil attorneys don’t typically retire well into their 70s or 80s. Anyone who tells you that these dinosaurs will suddenly and voluntarily stop practicing en masse is absolutely lying to you. Such a person has shown themselves – by their words and actions – not to be worthy of your trust. Don’t be a dumbass. Avoid law school.


    On December 16, 2014, the American Bar Association cockroaches published a press release labeled “ABA Section of Legal Education reports 2014 law school enrollment data.” Here is the entire text:

    “The American Bar Association today released national figures for first-year and total J.D. enrollment for the fall of 2014.

    The 204 ABA-approved law schools reported total J.D. enrollment (full-time and part-time students) of 119,775. This is a decrease of 8,935 students (6.9 percent) from 2013 and a 17.5 percent decrease from the historic high total J.D. enrollment in 2010. The 2014 total enrollment is the lowest since 1987, when there were 175 ABA-approved law schools.

    Law schools reported that 37,924 full-time and part-time students began their studies in the fall of 2014. This is a decrease of 1,751 students (4.4 percent) from 2013 and a 27.7 percent decrease from the historic high 1L enrollment of 52,488 in 2010. The 2014 1L enrollment is the lowest since 1973, when there were 151 ABA-approved law schools.

    Nearly two-thirds of ABA law schools (127) experienced declines in first-year enrollment from the prior year. At 64 law schools, 1L declines exceeded 10 percent. At 25 schools, 1L enrollment declined by more than 20 percent. Twenty-five schools reported entering classes of fewer than 100 students.

    At 69 schools, 1L enrollment increased from 2013. At 36 schools, 1L enrollment was up by less than 10 percent, and at 33 schools, enrollment increased by more than 10 percent. At 11 schools, enrollment increased by more than 20 percent. At 28 schools, the number of 1L students stayed within five students above or below last year’s figures.

    Over the next several months, the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar will produce and publish reports about this data, including school-specific information. These reports will be included on the statistics page of the section’s website.

    The data come from the questionnaires that ABA-approved law schools file annually with the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar. The figures have been verified in a collaborative process between the section and the Law School Admission Council.

    The ABA requires law schools to post detailed consumer information on their websites by Dec. 15. This consumer information is also available at the online Official Guide to ABA-Approved Law Schools.”

    You will notice that the first year enrollment figure include part-time lemmings. Hopefully, a decent portion of this cohort drops out after first semester grades do not place them in the top 10% of the class. After all, graduating as an also-ran at Wayne State, Creighton or Pace will not serve one well in the job market.

  19. Even though enrollment is way down, there are still far too many people going to law school For the class of 2013, the NALP report showed there were 46k graduates for 27k jobs. 37 first year students is still too many incoming students for the job prospects. Hopefully, enrollment goes down by double digit percentage points next year.

    The really sad thing, is that we are seeing acceptance rates soar while enrollment plummets. The schools are preying on vulnerable students who have little to no chance of passing the bar. This was evident in the most recent drastic drop in bar passage rates in every part of the country. Hell, even the NCBE said the students who took it were less prepared than those before them. Of course, the low bar passage rates will ironically help the lawyer market as less people passing the bar means less lawyers competing for jobs. Of course, this exacerbates the problem of job numbers from law schools.

    To fix the situation, the government must immediately do the following: (1) Require that schools lower tuition by 15%, (2) Require that schools not raise tuition for five years (as the schools have jacked up tuition for years with no legitimate justification other than fat cat salaries, we need to keep it down for a while), (3) Require that accreditation be revoked for any school that has a bar passage rate that is 10% below the state average for first time takers from ABA schools or below 70% for first time takers, whichever is higher, (4) Require that "professors" teach a full time load (at least 10 units a semester) if they are full time, (5) Require that students sign a statement that fully discloses the number of recent graduates who have passed the bar, how many have jobs as full time, long term lawyers and the average debt load for the most recent graduating class, (6) Limit all tuition increases to inflation minus 1%.

    1. You're right that there are still wayyy too many 1Ls, and that the truly scummy schools are preying on students who have no business being in law school; acceptance rates are approaching 100% for some of the worst schools. All this is made possible by taxpayer money being funneled to the law schools.
      So let's add a (7) Student loans are tied to employment outcomes, and any school which does not place 90% of its graduates in jobs requiring bar passage within 3 months of graduation will be excluded from collecting any federal student loan funds.


    Back on November 10, 2014, the Wall Street Journal Law Blog featured a Jacob Gershman piece entitled “Decline in Bar Exam Scores Sparks War of Words.” From the opening:

    “A steep decline in bar exam scores on the most recent test has led to an outbreak of finger-pointing over who’s to blame for the downward swing.

    In a sharply worded letter, the dean of Brooklyn Law School on Monday reproached the head of a national bar exam group for suggesting to law school leaders that their graduates who took the July exam were less prepared than students who sat for the test in previous years.

    The dean’s letter came in response to an October memo by Erica Moeser, the president of the National Conference of Bar Examiners, addressed to law school deans across the country in which she defended the integrity of the group’s exam and raised concerns about the ability of the would-be lawyers who took it.”

    Later on, Gershman wrote:

    “Brooklyn Law School Dean Nicholas W. Allard fired back on Monday with a letter to Ms. Moeser. He said he found her assertions unconvincing and demanded a “thorough investigation of the administration and scoring” of the July 2014 exam.

    “We don’t know what evidence you have to support this surprising (and surprisingly disparaging) claim, but we do have evidence about our own 2014 graduates, and it tells us precisely the opposite: their credentials were every bit as good as our 2013 graduates, if not even better,” he wrote.

    Ms. Moeser couldn’t be reached for comment on Monday.

    Ms. Moeser’s letter didn’t cite specific scoring data for the exam given in July. But it gels with figures released by states showing significant declines in the passage rates for many of them. The overall passage rate for the Texas exam given in July, for example, was 11 percentage points lower than last year’s results. Idaho, Iowa, Oregon and Washington were among other states reporting sharp drops.

    The passage rate for Brooklyn Law School graduates who took the bar for the first time in July was nearly 10 percentage points lower than last year’s rate, Mr. Allard told Law Blog. He said the median LSAT score for the 2013 and 2014 cohorts was 163 in both cases. A private institution in downtown Brooklyn, Mr. Allard’s law school enrolls about 1,000 full-time students.

    “What is her basis for saying the students are less able? I think that’s offensive. I don’t believe it,” Mr. Allard, who is also a senior partner at Squire Patton Boggs, told Law Blog on Monday.”

    The “mystery” behind the big-ass decrease in bar passage rates nationwide has been solved. As we have pointed out for years, the law school pigs dealt with the serious decline in the number of applications, by admitting more idiots and waterheads. After all, there is no minimum IQ score required in order to obtain NON-DISCHARGEABLE student loans.


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