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.
Posted by Nando at 8:42 AM