Demand decreases at US law schools

July 23, 2013 As job prospects for newly qualified solicitors diminish, law schools across the US are seeing decreasing demand and adjusting their legal education programs to suit. Most recently, McGeorge School of Law announced earlier this month that it would be reducing the size of its staff and student body by 40 percent.

It makes sense that prospective students are shying away from law school: taking on more than $100,000 in loans in the context of a contracting job market is risky business.

According to the Law School Admission Council, by early July 58,000 people nationwide had applied to enter law school in the fall, down from 87,000 applicants at the same date in 2010. Some law schools, like UC Davis, don’t intend to downsize. Dean Kevin Johnson said that enough qualified applicants are still applying to fill the courses. "The people who are dropping out of our pool are those with the lower GPAs and the lower LSAT scores," he said. "They're being more realistic about their chances of getting admitted."

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