ABA: Valpo Law enrollment surges; McKinney, ND down; Maurer ticks up

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First-year law school enrollment jumped 28 percent this academic year at Valparaiso University Law School, according to data from the American Bar Association.

Valparaiso’s percentage gain was the seventh-greatest among the 199 ABA-accredited institutions for which data was compiled. Valpo was among just 62 accredited law schools that posted enrollment gains. The ABA reported in December that 1L enrollment nationwide declined 8.1 percent in 2013 compared with the prior academic year.

ABA figures released this week show about three-quarters of law schools reported enrollment declines. The number of first-year law students nationwide at accredited institutions fell from 43,155 in 2012 to 39,674 in 2013.

Here are the statistics the ABA reported for Indiana Law schools:

  •     Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington: Enrollment rose 2 percent with 205 1Ls in 2013 compared with 201 in 2012.
  •     Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis: Enrollment fell 12 percent, with 227 1Ls in 2013 compared with 259 in 2012.
  •     Notre Dame Law School: Enrollment declined 8 percent, with 162 1Ls in 2013 compared with 177 in 2012.
  •     Valparaiso University Law School: 1L enrollment rose 28 percent, from 163 in 2012 to 208 in 2013.

Among schools reporting the largest declines in first-year students, 13 reported declines of 30 percent or more. Only six reported gains of at least 30 percent.



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  1. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

  5. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.