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Top University Students Are Increasingly Not Choosing Law School

Maybe they don’t like the job prospects?

The Law School Admission Council (LSAC) regularly puts out data on law schools, students, applicants, etc.  A poster over at JDU had some free time and made an observation today about law school applicants.

2008 Applicants 2012 Applicants Change (%)
All 87,500 68,000 -20%

 

A 20% reduction in applicants in the past three years. People are not going to law school. But if you dig deeper, something else stands out. Looking into the LSAC’s granular data (pdf) – students at the top universities in the country are going to law school in even less numbers.

 

2008 Applicants 2012 Applicants Change (%)
Brown 242 177 -27%
Columbia 231 190 -18%
Cornell 534 314 -42%
Dartmouth 195 171 -13%
Harvard 357 251 -30%
Princeton 209 172 -18%
U Penn 416 324 -22%
Yale 320 234 -27%
Total 2504 1833 -27%
Stanford 262 179 -32%
Chicago 212 175 -18%
Duke 304 233 -23%
Total 778 587 -25%
All Total 3282 2420 -26%

 

Cornell students must be really plugged into the law school scam scene or something because they are staying the hell away from law school.

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