Enrollment and admission standards
Learn about how enrollment rates and admission standards have changed over time.
Law School Enrollment by State, 2010 vs 2022 Comparison
2010 - 2022
JD enrollment dramatically fell after peaking in 2010. Although JD enrollment has stabilized at new, lower levels, law schools have expanded non-JD programs.
While looking at national enrollment change makes sense because any graduate from an ABA-approved law school can take the bar in any state or territory, two in three employed graduates work in the state/territory in which their law school is located. Total first-year enrollment in each reveals distinct patterns that the national averages smooth over.
Between 2010 and 2022, enrollment in 6 states/territories increased and enrollment in 45 states/territories decreased. For those with an increase, the average was +18.5% and range was +3.6% to +47%. For those with a decrease, the average was -24.6% and range was -6.8% to -69.9%.
The following charts show each state's 1L enrollment between 2010 and 2022 relative (as a percentage) to its largest enrollment in that same period. Hover over the chart to see 1L enrollment during a given year.
For each state, LST aggregates individual school first-year enrollment as reported by the American Bar Association