February 6, 2014

Cornell Law School Sees Decrease in Number of Applicants

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This story was updated on Feb. 25 with input from two Cornell Law School deans.

By ALISHA FOSTER

Applicants to Cornell Law School decreased from 5,556 for Fall 2011 to 4,054 applicants in 2013, according to the school’s website, reflecting a trend occurring in law schools nationwide.

The volume of law school applications nationwide has been at its lowest since 1977, the Wall Street Journal reported. The number of first-year law students fell 11 percent in 2013, according to an American Bar Association statistic.

Jane Levy, senior associate director and prelaw advisor at Cornell Career Services, said the recent decrease in law school applications can be attributed to significant changes in the legal market in addition to the high cost of legal education.

The number of applicants to Cornell Law School decreased by over 1,000 applicants over the past two years, reflecting a trend occurring in law schools nationwide. (Haewon Hwang / Sun Staff Photographer)

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