The ABA Journal reports that the number of students applying to law schools is up by 3.8% for fall 2009. Daniel Bernstine, President of the Law School Admissions Council explains, “In recessionary periods, people tend to go back to school if they are out of work…They’re trying to upgrade their current education.” A recent Kaplan Test Prep survey seconded these findings, when two out of five applicants responded that they were applying to law school in part to avoid having to look for jobs.
Despite the current increase in applicants, recent law firm layoffs may not bode well for law schools in 2010. Bernstine says, “The question will be whether next year there will be a similar kind of interest.”
I doubt it.