Extreme legislation education is a good greater downside than we feared

This law school cycle turns out to be epic. We already know this is the most competitive law school application cycle we’ve seen this year with a veritable run of applications – good old law school is a time-honored place to wait for an economic downturn. Some law schools responded to the flood of high-quality applications with strict deposit policies, while others resorted to deferral.

We previously reported that some elite law schools have admitted the majority of enrollments, but as predicted, the problem is even more widespread, such as at the University of Texas School of Law Austin. UT informed the admitted students that they are overstaffed for the 2024 course (the email is available here). How much the law school is overstretched is up in the air, at least until further deposits are due. They also admit that if people decide to postpone their seat / grant would be available for the following year (hint, hint).

A UT spokesperson made the following statement regarding over-registration:

Like many law schools across the country, the University of Texas School of Law saw a significant increase in applications and interest during this admissions cycle; and our increased number of deposits reflects this. We communicated with our registered students about our enrollment before the upcoming deadline. No matter how big our class, we are prepared and look forward to seeing you in the fall.

You’re not the only law school feeling the effects of an above-average pool of applicants. Bianca Mack, Associate Dean for Equity, Admissions, and Student Affairs at UNC School of Law, said of enrolling at that school:

“We are assuming that we will enroll in a slightly larger class than originally planned, as both our application volume and the number of applicants were higher than usual.”

Duke Law is another top-notch law school telling the class of 2024 things could be a bit crowded this fall. You also keep the postponement option for the incoming class on the table. A representative from the admissions office reported the situation to Above the Law:

This year’s application cycle has been exceptionally competitive, with a 30 percent increase in the number of applicants submitting applications to law schools across the country. Duke’s application pool increased by 46% compared to the previous year. Due to the size and strength of our pool of applicants, we have reduced the actual number of admission offers. However, a larger percentage of admitted applicants took up their offers (perhaps due, among other things, to the school’s employment success, which has become a No. in recent years (for example, last year we enrolled 239 freshmen.) We recently welcomed our incoming students Update about the class and some options in the event that students want to enroll next year. We are of course confident that every student will receive the high quality education they are accustomed to, regardless of whether they join us this year or next.

And I’m sure we’ll hear from more law schools with more law students than they want to over the summer. But remember, the situation is fluid. Attend UC Irvine School of Law. In mid-May, the UCI emailed prospective students currently on the waiting list informing them that the law school was overpaid. But by the time the second deposit has passed, the enrollment appears to be the right size and a representative told Above the Law, “At this point, we are exactly on track to meet our enrollment goals.”

Given this volatility, we’ll be keeping an eye on this story until people show up for class. So if you know that other law schools are overwhelmed when it comes to the new year 2024, write to us. You can send us an email or SMS (646-820-8477).

HeadshotKathryn Rubino is Senior Editor at Above the Law and host of The Jabot podcast. AtL tipsters are the best, so please contact them. Feel free to email her with tips, questions, or comments and follow her on Twitter (@ Kathryn1).

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