For a while now, Above the Law has been telling you that law school is growing in popularity. Whether it’s about the end of the rule of law, or people are inspired by the death of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, or that science is a place to wait for the COVID economic downturn, we’re in the middle of the law school’s toughest application cycle in one good long time. Some law schools responded to the flood of quality applications with strict deposit guidelines, while others took a wait-and-see approach.
The result is that several elite law schools are overstaffed. According to a Reddit thread, Boston College has already notified incoming students about their puffy class – we’re talking about 100+ students. And they are ringing the alarm bell that this could have a major impact on career prospects after graduation.
The reported BC language sent to incoming students is as follows:
“Although our entry-level class usually has around 250 students, we currently have over 415 insoles. This is far too big for our capacity. We also pride ourselves on preparing each graduate to enter the legal job market in the best possible position to be successful. Such a large class worries us about finding jobs after graduation. “
Obviously, this is a big concern. Dealing with cramped classrooms or a less than ideal professor to student ratio is one thing, but the number of jobs available won’t magically skyrocket. Maybe they are rightly trying to get people not to come in the fall.
When asked for comment, a representative from BC Law stated the following:
Due to the significant surge in applications and interest in enrollment, BC Law has seen deposits increased 51% in this admissions cycle and is joining many highly selective law schools across the country that deal with the subject. While we are expecting a certain “meltdown” in the summer months, we have offered admitted students postponements in order to properly dimension our class for the next year.
Now that the genie is out of the bottle, we hear of over-enrollment in other schools. The University of Pennsylvania’s Carey Law School is also reportedly overstaffed – this time with ~ 50 students. As a result, law school is extending the grace period (a copy of the school’s email to the class of 2024 can be found here).
All of this begs the question: are there other schools of law that are subject to similar over-registration? It’s hard to imagine that only these two institutions are feeling the sting of the broader industry trends. So we want to know which other law schools are overwhelmed with the incoming class of 2024. You can email or text us (646-820-8477).
Kathryn Rubino is Senior Editor at Above the Law and host of The Jabot podcast. AtL tipsters are the best so please connect with her. Feel free to email her tips, questions, or comments and follow her on Twitter (@ Kathryn1).