Fewer People Are Applying To Law School

Apr 15, 2013

UNC School of Law
Credit Steve Exum, UNC School of Law

Many law schools across the country have experienced a drop in applications over the past two years.  Officials say rising tuition and a shaky job market are contributing to the decline. 

“Applications this year, reflecting kind of a national trend are down to about 1,510 from 2,300 last year, that's about a 35 percent drop,” says Jack Boger, dean of the UNC School of Law. “A lot of law schools experienced that kind of drop a year ago; we didn't at that point, but the national trend has caught up with us.”

Boger says the school is preparing to admit as many as 250 students this year, but is also prepared to deal with a smaller class.  Duke University applications are up slightly this year after a down year in 2012 while Campbell University is experiencing a decline this year.  Elon University remained steady last year, and has not released numbers yet for 2013.