Saturday, June 20, 2015
Excellent News: Law School Enrollment Continues to Dwindle
The New Normal for ABA-Accredited Toilets: The Wall Street Journal Law Blog featured a Sara Randazzo entry labeled “Law School Applications Keep Falling” – on June 9, 2015. Take a look at that article:
“As the cost of law school rises and the number of entry-level legal jobs stagnates, the number of law-school applicants continues to fall.
According to the latest numbers from the Law School Admission Council, 50,269 people submitted applications to nationally accredited law schools as of last week, down 2.5% from the same time last year. Those would-be lawyers applied to an average of more than six schools per person, and the total volume of applications was down 4.6% from 2014. At this point in the year, LSAC says it usually has around 95% of the year’s data collected.
The numbers track with what LSAC reported in April, when applicants were down 2.6% versus last year and applications down 4.7%.
Until the recession, law school often served as a stopping-off point for college graduates unsure what to do with their lives or looking to bolster their resume. Now, with the average cost of public law school tuition at $23,900 per year and the average private school tab at nearly $42,000 a year, according to the American Bar Association, it’s no longer a decision to take lightly.
Law schools have adjusted by scaling back entry-level class sizes, boosting financial aid or cutting tuition price, and trimming staff ranks.” [Emphasis mine]
If the law school pigs were not so damn greedy and shortsighted, the bitches and hags would drastically lower tuition – and not merely offer rate discounts in the form of revocable “scholarships.” Of course, that might impact the UNJUSTIFIED, bloated salaries of faculty members, and that would be a travesty. After all, cockroaches who rehash dog-eared copies of their notes for the last 20 years – and “work” 4-6 hours per week – simply MUST make $160K per year, right?!?!
Hell, even Randazzo notes that the ridiculously high cost of law school tuition is a major contributing factor to the decline in applications. She also mentioned that the paucity of legal openings each year has discouraged college grads from enrolling in ABA-accredited dung pits and trash heaps. Yes, that is a terrible combination. The pigs are starting to feel the heat. At least, the “law professors” and administrators will not be the ones saddled with outrageous sums of NON-DISCHARGEABLE debt.
Other Coverage: On June 11, 2015, JD Journal published a Daniel June piece entitled “Law School Enrollment Continues to Shrink.” Here is the entire text:
“We know the situation by now: there are more law schools in existence in these United States than ever before – more faculty, more buildings, higher expectations for enrollment – and meanwhile, conversely, enrollment is at a 30 year low. The 2008 market collapse pulled the rug out of the legal market, and unlike most the other industries, they still haven’t crawled out of oblivion. Pretty much if you are an accomplished JD coming out of law school, chances are you are straddled with six figures of debt, but have few prospects to help with that particular problem.
The latest stats from the Law School Admission Council shows that this trend, which came into its own in 2010, hasn’t since diminished, but in fact, with 50,269 applicants for law school nationally, we are down by 2.5 percent from this point last year.
More to the point, those applications are redundant: people are averaging submissions to six schools. And considering that this stat is up, that means even fewer students are actually submitting, down 4.6 percent compared to last year.
In light that law schools are charging $23,900 for yearly tuition, or $42,000 for private schools, and this according to the American Bar Association, choosing to be a lawyer is no longer the natural next step for those undergrad graduates who still haven’t figured things out.” [Emphasis mine]
At what point will law schools simply start admitting people who can recite the alphabet correctly? As you can see from this Paul Campos post back on December 14, 2012, the rodents have consistently accepted more applicants each year for the last decade. Yes, what a “prestigious” degree to obtain, huh?!?! At this point in time, if anyone is impressed by your ability to earn a TTTT law degree, then that person is fundamentally ignorant.
Conclusion: In the final analysis, the law school swine have no one to blame, but themselves, for their current predicament. Unfortunately, many more legions of students will be put through the financial wood chipper, before these old farts/criminals retire from their academic posts. However, something has to give at these “institutions of higher education.” Many of these schools have resorted to faculty buyouts, staff layoffs, and pushing untenured “professors” out the door. Several law schools have decided to merge, in order to stay in business.
The good schools, i.e. the ones actually worth attending due to their reputation and ability to open doors for your ass, will still be able to attract quality applicants. Although, the lower-ranked commodes will: (a) continue to be inundated with morons who have little chance of passing the bar exam; and (b) admit an even higher percentage of those mental midgets, in order to fill seats. Wait until some of these dolts start representing clients in legal matters. Then, the general public will have a better idea of how easy it is to get into law school. Seeing that many law students are seeking prestige, that will further impact enrollment down the line.
Posted by Nando at 2:05 AM