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Enrollment at Law Schools Continues Downward Slide

Enrollment at American law schools declined this fall by 6.9 percent, down nearly 20 percent from its peak in 2010, the American Bar Association announced on Tuesday. This fall’s enrollment, which totaled 119,775 full-time and part-time students, is at its lowest point since 1982, when there were 35 fewer association-approved law schools being measured.

The results of the association’s annual survey of its member institutions are just the latest confirmation of enrollment trends being observed in the crowded sector.

The association also reported that first-year enrollment had declined by 4.4 percent since last year, and by more than 25 percent since 2010.

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