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Law School Overenrollment Is An Even Bigger Problem Than We Feared


This legislation college cycle is popping out to be epic. We already know that is the most competitive law school application cycle we’ve seen with a veritable run on purposes this year — good ole’ legislation college is a time honored place to attend out an financial downturn. Some legislation faculties responded to the glut of high quality purposes with strict deposit guidelines, however others resorted to encouraging deferrals.

We’ve beforehand reported that some elite law schools were owning up to the over enrollment, however, as predicted, the issue is even wider unfold, like at University of Texas School of Law Austin. UT instructed admitted college students that they’re overenrolled (the e-mail is available here) for the category of 2024. By what is the cost the legislation college is overenrolled is up within the air, no less than till extra deposits are due. They additionally let admits know that if of us opted to defer, their seat/scholarship could be obtainable for the next 12 months (trace, trace).

A spokesperson from UT supplied the next assertion about over enrollment:

Like many legislation faculties nationwide, The University of Texas School of Law noticed a marked enhance in purposes and interest this admissions cycle; and our became greater variety of deposits displays this. We have communicated with our deposited college students about our enrollment forward of their upcoming deadline. Whatever the dimensions of our class finally ends up being, we’re ready and desperate to welcome them within the fall.

They aren’t the one legislation college feeling the affect of a bigger than regular applicant pool. Bianca Mack, UNC School of Law Associate Dean for Equity, Admissions, and Student Affairs, had this to say about enrollment at that faculty:

“We expect to enroll a slightly larger class than originally targeted because our application volume and applicant yield were both higher than usual.”

Duke Law is one other prime legislation college that’s telling the class of 2024 issues is likely to be a smidge crowded come the autumn. They’re additionally conserving the deferral possibility on the desk for the incoming class. An admissions workplace consultant instructed Above the Law the next concerning the state of affairs:

This 12 months’s utility cycle has been terribly aggressive, with a 30% enhance within the variety of candidates submitting purposes to legislation faculties nationwide. Duke’s utility pool became greater by 46% over final 12 months. Due to each the dimensions and energy of our applicant pool, we lowered the precise variety of gives of admission. However, a bigger share of admitted candidates accepted their gives (maybe on account of, amongst different elements, the college’s employment success which helped safe a #1 rating in Above the Law’s 2020 Top 50) and we count on Duke Law’s incoming class will  be bigger than lately (final 12 months, for instance, we enrolled 239 first-year college students.) We lately supplied our incoming college students with an replace on the category, and some choices in case any college students would favor to enroll subsequent 12 months. Of course, we’re fairly assured that each scholar will obtain the same old high-quality formal training, whether or not they make the choice to hitch us this 12 months or subsequent.

And I’m sure we’re going to listen to from extra legislation faculties with extra legislation college students than they need as we transfer by means of the summer season. But bear in mind, the state of affairs is fluid. Take UC Irvine School of Law. In mid-May UCI sent a email to potential college students presently on the wait checklist, informing them the legislation college was over enrolled. But, by the point the second deposit deadline handed the enrollment appears to have right-sized itself, and a rep instructed Above the Law, “At this time we are right on track to meet our admissions goals.”

Given that volatility, it is a story we’ll be maintaining a tally of proper till of us show up for courses. So, if you realize of different legislation faculties are overextended in relation to the incoming class of 2024, drop us a line. You can email us or textual content us (646-820-8477).

headshotKathryn Rubino is a Senior Editor at Above the Law, and host of The Jabot podcast. AtL tipsters are one of the best, so please join together with her. Feel free to e mail her with any ideas, questions, or feedback and keep track of her on Twitter (@Kathryn1).


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