I’m teaching orientation classes this week. Got to have 1Ls signed up for Westlaw, Lexis, and Bloomberg Law after all. Posting may be a bit more spotty that usual because of that. Nonetheless, there are a few interesting things going on in the law school world aside from the crush of students trying to figure out what the heck they’ve gotten themselves into.
It’s not exactly a secret that the Western Michigan University Cooley School of Law enrollment dropped from 4,000 students in 2010 to 1,880 for the current academic year, at least as reported by Crain’s Detroit Business. That’s been the trend for many law schools with varying degrees of lower enrollment.
What’s more interesting is where the trend is right now. Here are the latest LSAC statistics:
As of 8/8/15, there are 343,251 fall 2015 applications submitted by 55,702 applicants. Applicants are down 1.9% and applications are down 4.0% from 2014.
Last year at this time, we had 100% of the preliminary final applicant count.
I have to believe that that the drop in applicants and applications this year is in tolerance for most law schools.
In other law school news, the Indiana Tech Law School has snagged Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoller to teach a class on Indiana constitutional law in the Fall Semester. The class is aimed at second and third year students. I wonder how they managed that one.