Law school application numbers head south

February 5, 2013 The number of people applying for entry into law school in the US is heading for a 30-year low, according to a report released by the Law School Admission Council.

There were just 30,000 applicants for the fall semester, down 20 per cent from the same time last year and a 38 per cent drop from 2010. In 2004 there were 100,000 applicants to law schools; this year there are likely to be 54,000.

The declining number of applicants shows that propective students no longer believe that a law degree is a sure path to prosperity - and students are concerned about the soaring tuition and worsening job prospects for graduates.

Law schools are trying to cope by lowering admissions standards, offering tuition discounts and laying off staff. Commentators expect to see a number of schools close, while those that remain will need to downsize their classes, faculty and staff.

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