There has been trouble, or at least bad publicity aplenty in the law school arena in recent times and now the ABA Journal reports that the number of applicants has jumped with law students extending their studies at school rather than look for jobs in a depressed legal jobs market.
The ABA Journal reports that this year “at least 10 law schools are cutting class sizes in an “unprecedented” nod to the changing legal profession, the Wall Street Journal (sub. req.) reports. The number of applicants is also down by 14 percent from last year.
Among the schools cutting back is the University of California Hastings College of the Law, which plans to cut enrollment from 1,300 to 1,000 in phases, the story says. George Washington University Law School is also planning cuts, while Northwestern University School of Law is also taking a close look at reductions. The cuts are expected to cost George Washington about $1 million and Hastings possibly $9 million, according to the Wall Street Journal.”
As the law jobs market continues in the doldrums it is likely that the present situation will continue for the forseeable future as well, although the ABA Journal reports on one school actually increasing enrollments