The number of people applying to law schools is in steep decline. So says a recent post on a website called “The National Jurist.”
The post cited some remarkable statistics from the American Bar Association. In 2012, law school applicant numbers were down 14% from 2011 and 23% from 2010.
For the fall of 2012, there were 44,481 first-year law students enrolled, a drop of about 4,000 from 2010.
Many schools have decreased enrollments with more than 90 cutting class sizes by more than 10%.
On January 2, 2013, the Wall Street Journal said, “The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the economy will provide 21,880 new jobs for lawyers annually between 2010 and 2020; law schools since 2010, however, have produced more than 44,000 graduates each year.”
For the non-math majors, that’s a ratio of more than two graduates for every job.
There are way too many lawyers around anyway.
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Could something like this happen in medicine? It might not be exactly the same, but an interesting dilemma is looming.