A Hoover Institution study reveals that applications to the nation's law schools have declined each year for the past 6 years (or 40% since 2010). The fact: The same number of law schools have 33k fewer applicants than they did in 2010.
Tuition paying students are critical to any law school's bottom line. That's obvious. But, administrators don't seem to "get it." Today, the cost of tuition and the time it takes to earn a law degree doesn't seem to justify to young people the investment that's required.
- cut 50% of faculty positions by requiring faculty to devote most of their time to teaching;
- eliminate tenure to take advantage of the highly competitive market for law professors;
- reduce the program from 3 to 2 years;
- stop the building and expansion of facilities; and,
- take greater advantage of online instruction.
Makes sense, no? Change the model so that law schools operate in a free market.
If the study's suggestions were implemented:
- law schools should succeed or fail based upon the quality of the education offered;
- legal education would become sustainable and better adapted to 21st-century needs; and,
- law students could begin their careers with little or no debt.
Except for one problem: Bar-admission standards. These focus more upon where applicants have acquired their degrees and are controlled by the high courts of the 50 states of the Union.
Come to think of it, those standards are just like teacher education and teacher certification standards. Hmmmm....
Let the discussion begin...
To read the Hoover Institution study, click on the following link:
"Law Schools Are Flunking."