Have your heart set on going to school? Things are changing in the world of law education. Some people are optimists, others are pessimists, and point of view seems to have a lot to do with a law student’s projected success.
Ryan Calo, a law professor at the University of Washington, feels that law schools are competing for “good” students – not great or excellent students. A few years ago, an applicant may have been wait-listed for law school; today, that same applicant could be awarded a scholarship. Why? Because there’s less competition, which is bad for the college but possibly good for you. Class sizes are shrinking, enrollment’s down…and there’s more of a chance that you’ll get accepted into college and move on to secure an entry-level position.
Deborah J. Merritt, a law professor from Ohio State University, thinks that class size will decline by 8% from now through 2017. However, since 2009, the number of law school grads who land full-time jobs in the legal profession has stuck at 27,000. While we don’t necessarily know what kinds of jobs are going to be available a few years from now, if these trends continue, the employment rate will be higher.
Is it a good time to apply to law school? There’s really no definitive answer, since even the experts are still on the fence. The answer isn’t “no,” though – at least, not yet.