From the Bachelor's to the Bar: Using College Completion Data to Assess the Law School Pipeline

8 Pages Posted: 5 Dec 2016 Last revised: 9 Mar 2017

Date Written: November 1, 2016

Abstract

The story of declining law school applications is well known among the legal education community. Over 100,000 individuals applied to law school for admission in fall 2004, but demand for legal education has since declined — only 54,000 applicants sought admission in fall 2015. The Access Group Center for Research & Policy Analysis® examined college completion data to determine whether undergraduate interest in fields most popular among law school applicants has also waned in recent years. In particular, this research brief summarizes bachelor’s degree completion in the top 10 law school feeder majors over the last 10 years, and compares degree production in these fields to those in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Keywords: law school, legal education, applicants, admission, pipeline, feeder majors

Suggested Citation

Cochran, Tiffane and Heckstall, India, From the Bachelor's to the Bar: Using College Completion Data to Assess the Law School Pipeline (November 1, 2016). AccessLex Institute Research Paper No. 16-05, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2879073 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2879073

Tiffane Cochran (Contact Author)

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India Heckstall

AccessLex Institute ( email )

440 First Street, NW
Suite 550
Washington, DC 20001
United States

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