I talked to a score of deans this summer, and not a single person thought it would be this high. Twelve percent is a huge number. You almost never see that.
Right now, the market is hot, but if the pendulum swings back and hiring slows down, this is going to be devastating in three years.
— Law school admissions consultant Mike Spivey, commenting on the 12% surge in law school enrollment for students in the Class of 2024 amid the coronavirus crisis. According to new ABA data, 153 law schools either increased the size of this year’s first-year class or kept it even with 2020, while 43 other schools decreased their first-year enrollment.
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