Law School Applications of 2016 Drop The Current and Future State of Legal Education
Selection of job and future profession in the law sphere is a challenging thing for graduates and their parents. But a more challenging task is to choose the law school to enter. There are a lot of law institutions these days where you can get a good education to become a top-tier lawyer. But more and more people stop applying for legal schools and those who applied may never even work in this sphere throughout their lives.
There is a huge decrease of attendees and applicants to law schools nowadays. As a result, a lot of institutions have to come up with a more flexible schedule, cut the classes, reduce tuition and what is more, some of them are obliged to shut their doors once and forever due to the shortage of applicants. If such tendency continues to exist, we may encounter law job stagnation.
In the year 2014 there was a drop of attendees and applicants by 30% from four previous years. In 2016, the number of law students applying for the schools had slightly dropped by 2,3% which is not much compared with the year 2014. It was in 1973 when the enrolments were this low. There are small sized classes as a result and in some schools there is also a lack of students. Even the best law schools are attracting less students. Now it’s getting more and more easy to get into law school due to the less competition. The major reason for this is Great Recession and market crash.
There are a lot of factors that led to this law school applications drop.
Lower Interest of Applicants in Legal Sphere and Education in Particular
Some attendees want to get a legal education just for the sake of appearance. Some applicants are not even sure whether they want to work in this sphere in future, they stick to the statement that lawyers are always in demand and it would be useful and prestigious to have such education.
Job Challenges That Lawyers Encounter Seem to Be Too Intimidating for the Applicants
Legal education is a hard nut to crack and you need to spend a lot of sleepless nights to gain decent knowledge in this sphere. Apart from theory, practice is needed and the more practice you have the better prospects of becoming a qualified lawyer are ahead of you.
Low Test Scores, Underperformance and Poor Level of Knowledge
Applicants get very bad and low scores and don’t meet the admission test requirements while applying for the school. Lots of people find Law School Admission test very difficult and fail at it.
High Price to Pay for Education
Price does matter in terms of paying for the education, especially for the legal one where the image and rating of the university you are applying for is of the utmost importance.
To sum up, drastic changes will happen to the legal education and law schools graduates due to this law school applications decrease. New educational approaches, new reforms, new types of schools, new types of students will be different from what they are today.