Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Survey Shows IU Law Schools Split on Dealing with Reduced Applicant Supply

It looks young Hoosiers are finally getting the message that a law school education is probably not a good career move.  Indiana Public Media reports: 
Law school applications have dropped from around 600,000 to less than 400,000 since a recent peak in 2010.

And a 2013 survey released by Kaplan Test Prep shows 54 percent of law school admissions officers say they’re cutting their incoming class sizes for the 2013-2014 school year.

Frank Motley is the Dean of Admissions at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. He says so far admissions to the Maurer School have remained steady at around 200 students per year. But his office gives itself the leeway to cut enrollment by 10 to 15 percent if not enough quality applicants apply.

“There could be a falloff, but there could be students at the low end of the ability curve,” Motley said. “But the fear is that there’ll be students at the high end of the ability curve or it might be across the board. So adjustments are made based upon the quality of the pool. We’re trying to get the very best students we possibly can to attend our law school.”

IU’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis has seen a significant decline in admissions. It accepted around 230 part-time and full-time students this year, a decline from their traditional class size of 300 students up until fall of 2012. But Vice Dean Antony Page says the smaller class size has a silver lining for students.
So while a weak economy and an abundance of lawyers has made it hard for newly graduated students to find work, the job market might soon balance itself out. "Soon balance itself out?"  Are you kidding?  The legal market is so oversaturated here in Indiana and most states it will take two decades of smaller class sizes for the imbalance to be evened out.  (One survey I reported on previously showed there is one legal job for every three attorneys in Indiana.) 

Shamefully the Monroe County Law School (otherwise known as the IU School of Law at Bloomington) has not even bothered to lower admissions when faced with a dwindling supply of applicants. Obviously the school simply lowered its standards to keep at 200 students. Fortunately my alma mater, IU School of Law at Indianapolis did the right thing and reduced class size. Further reductions are needed, however.  We could go five years without graduating another law student and the legal market would still be oversaturated.


guy77money said...

Accounting is the new Law School. It's boring but so many corporations are looking for good accountants and tax people. Not many kids want to do it. I here environmental degrees are hot. China, India and Mexico will have to start looking at how they are destroying their environments (over 1/2 of China's rivers are drying up)they will need US firms to find water and help them find oil and other resources.

guy77money said...

Off the subject but it's snowing in egypt - hmmm mini ice age due to sun spots come to mind... ;)


guy77money said...

For the first time in 112 years, it snows in Cairo

Felicity Miles said...

First of all we need to remember that Law education has been expensive in all time. Why do we have fewer applicants now? As simple as that people do not have that much money to spend, especially if they do not have money at all and they need to apply for a government loan. And of course we need to remember of the factor mention in the first comment. Accounting is too boring for younger generation.
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