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LST created this tool to make it easier for legal education stakeholders, policymakers, journalists, and the public to understand the current state of legal education. It will, hopefully, lead to new insights that advance legal education. After all, the foundation of reform continues to be good ideas supported by data. Want to contribute or have a suggestion? Get in touch!

On most pages, you can modify the scope to see different comparisons related the page's theme. On many of those pages, you can also adjust the years compared. Together or separate, these modifications show data from a different perspective. The "Modify Data" element is on the left side of the page on a larger screen and on the top of the page on a smaller screen. Please note that the years compared will reset if you change the scope because of data availability.


The legal education system, and thus lawyers' role in the rule of law, is vulnerable when we price future contributors out of our profession. We need a pipeline of students who want and can afford to join.


Law school enrollment has declined substantially, but so too have admissions standards. Several dozen law schools engage in predatory admissions and retention practices, which is a black eye for legal education and the profession. Responsible enrollment management is critical to maintaining a pipeline of talent to an important profession.


While signs point to fewer lawyers working differently in the future, lawyers should remain an essential part of our system of justice and private ordering. Salaries overall lag behind inflation and fewer graduates are obtaining full-time lawyer jobs than just a few years ago, likely because the profession has undergone and continues to undergo immense change.


Information greases the wheels of reform. This section tracks ABA enforcement of its accreditation standards, in part a product of LST's advocacy, and voluntary disclosures by law schools.