According to the hopes, wishes, and dreams of law school administrators, the end is near for disastrous application and plummeting enrollment numbers. No longer will admissions officers be forced to scrape the bottom of the barrel with “less able” candidates when it comes to putting butts in seats. Job offers will come before graduation, and they will be plentiful — ten months after graduation, entire classes will be employed in full-time, long-term jobs where bar passage is required. Struggles with law school debt will be a thing of the past, and frustrated graduates simply won’t exist.
Doesn’t that sound nice? Too bad it’s just a pipe dream.
Outside the dreamscape, applications have drastically declined since the end of the recession, and law schools are dealing with a 40-year low for enrollment. Despite the fact that graduating classes are smaller, making the numbers look better, law school administrators celebrate “great strides” in their graduates’ employability, popping bottles of champagne because 59.9 percent of graduates are employed as lawyers nationwide.