Past the Bar: Lean Times

, New York Law Journal


Although "lean" has a less favorable connotation in the academic world than in practice, a new report indicating that law schools across the country but especially in New York are in "belt-tightening mode" is actually good news for the profession.

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  • Steve

    Mr. Mitev, respectfully, while your "thinning of the herd" theory sounds logical, it is not supported by the facts. As University of Colorado law prof. Paul Campos recently noted in his blog:

    - The entering class of 2013 has 50% more matriculants with LSAT scores below 150 than the graduating class of 2013.

    - At the same time, the number of matriculants with LSAT scores of more than 165 fell by 15%.

    -Finally, the number of law schools whose entering class has a median LSAT score below 150 has gone from 9 to 30 in the past three years.

    Bottom line, most non-elite law schools are lowering admission standards in order to keep the bottom from falling out of enrollment numbers.

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