Professor C.J. Peters analyzes gloom-and-doom op-ed

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In a post on his Matter of Dispute (MOD) blog, Professor C.J. Peters analyzes a recent New York Times op-ed, “Too Many Law Students, Too Few Legal Jobs.”

While Peters grants some points to op-ed writer Steven J. Harper — a former partner at Kirkland & Ellis and the author of The Lawyer Bubble: A Profession in Crisis — he takes him to task on others.

Writes Peters: “Based on Harper’s piece alone, one might get the impression that law school enrollments have steamed along at a breakneck pace over the past few years, blissfully unaffected by the stark realities of the legal job market. Harper asserts that ‘law schools have been able to continue to raise tuition while producing nearly twice as many graduates as the job market has been able to absorb,’ and he focuses on a group of for-profit law schools owned by an outfit called Infilaw, whose graduating class size ‘almost doubled’ between 2011 and 2014, even ‘as the demand for new lawyers continued to languish.’ In fact, as Harper acknowledges in passing, overall U.S. law school enrollment declined steeply during this period, from about 52,000 in 2010 to about 38,000 in 2014 — a drop of 27% in just five years. The decline in enrollments reflects, not surprisingly, a corresponding decline in applicants to law school: the number of individuals applying to American law schools in 2015 looks like the lowest in at least 15 years.”

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