State’s law schools court dwindling number of students

The Seattle TimesJanuary 10, 2014 

Opening a satellite campus in Alaska. Offering a law degree in two years instead of three. Enticing more top-tier out-of-state students with in-state tuition.

The number of students applying to law school is plummeting, and all three of Washington’s law schools are using a variety of creative ways to get more students to come to Washington to study the law.

Nationally, law-school enrollment has declined by about 23 percent over the last three years; in Washington, it’s dropped by a third.

UW Law School Dean Kellye Testy said the reasons are complicated, but she believes some reports about the cost and value of a law degree have scared off good candidates.


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