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Law School Enrollment

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 2019, enrollment in 6 states/territories increased and enrollment in 45 states/territories decreased. For those with an increase, the average was +19.5% and range was +1.2% to +65.4%. For those with a decrease, the average was -24.8% and range was -4.2% to -69.6%.

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-40%+40%No Enrollment Change
2010-2019

The following charts show each state's 1L enrollment between 2010 and 2019 relative (as a percentage) to its largest enrollment in that same period. Hover over the chart to see 1L enrollment during a given year.

354 Total 1Ls 2019

Alabama

-25% Total 1Ls '10-'19
268 Total 1Ls 2019

Arkansas

-9.2% Total 1Ls '10-'19
406 Total 1Ls 2019

Arizona

-45.1% Total 1Ls '10-'19
4148 Total 1Ls 2019

California

-30.6% Total 1Ls '10-'19
447 Total 1Ls 2019

Colorado

-7.1% Total 1Ls '10-'19
520 Total 1Ls 2019

Connecticut

-6.1% Total 1Ls '10-'19
1854 Total 1Ls 2019

Washington, D.C.

-14.8% Total 1Ls '10-'19
237 Total 1Ls 2019

Delaware

-69.5% Total 1Ls '10-'19
2259 Total 1Ls 2019

Florida

-39.5% Total 1Ls '10-'19
858 Total 1Ls 2019

Georgia

-28.3% Total 1Ls '10-'19
103 Total 1Ls 2019

Hawaii

-8.8% Total 1Ls '10-'19
267 Total 1Ls 2019

Iowa

-25.4% Total 1Ls '10-'19
215 Total 1Ls 2019

Idaho

+65.4% Total 1Ls '10-'19
1808 Total 1Ls 2019

Illinois

-25.9% Total 1Ls '10-'19
639 Total 1Ls 2019

Indiana

-29.9% Total 1Ls '10-'19
205 Total 1Ls 2019

Kansas

-38.6% Total 1Ls '10-'19
327 Total 1Ls 2019

Kentucky

-31.4% Total 1Ls '10-'19
831 Total 1Ls 2019

Louisiana

-20.6% Total 1Ls '10-'19
2198 Total 1Ls 2019

Massachusetts

-8.5% Total 1Ls '10-'19
437 Total 1Ls 2019

Maryland

-33.7% Total 1Ls '10-'19
91 Total 1Ls 2019

Maine

-4.2% Total 1Ls '10-'19
1182 Total 1Ls 2019

Michigan

-56.4% Total 1Ls '10-'19
758 Total 1Ls 2019

Minnesota

-25.1% Total 1Ls '10-'19
649 Total 1Ls 2019

Missouri

-29% Total 1Ls '10-'19
283 Total 1Ls 2019

Mississippi

-31.1% Total 1Ls '10-'19
88 Total 1Ls 2019

Montana

+3.5% Total 1Ls '10-'19
1082 Total 1Ls 2019

North Carolina

-33.4% Total 1Ls '10-'19
84 Total 1Ls 2019

North Dakota

+1.2% Total 1Ls '10-'19
259 Total 1Ls 2019

Nebraska

-10.4% Total 1Ls '10-'19
139 Total 1Ls 2019

New Hampshire

+5.3% Total 1Ls '10-'19
617 Total 1Ls 2019

New Jersey

-32.2% Total 1Ls '10-'19
82 Total 1Ls 2019

New Mexico

-29.3% Total 1Ls '10-'19
130 Total 1Ls 2019

Nevada

-10.3% Total 1Ls '10-'19
4282 Total 1Ls 2019

New York

-18.1% Total 1Ls '10-'19
1140 Total 1Ls 2019

Ohio

-33.4% Total 1Ls '10-'19
456 Total 1Ls 2019

Oklahoma

-16.2% Total 1Ls '10-'19
459 Total 1Ls 2019

Oregon

-21.1% Total 1Ls '10-'19
1426 Total 1Ls 2019

Pennsylvania

-22.9% Total 1Ls '10-'19
413 Total 1Ls 2019

Puerto Rico

-69.6% Total 1Ls '10-'19
169 Total 1Ls 2019

Rhode Island

-14.6% Total 1Ls '10-'19
431 Total 1Ls 2019

South Carolina

-9.5% Total 1Ls '10-'19
84 Total 1Ls 2019

South Dakota

+12% Total 1Ls '10-'19
675 Total 1Ls 2019

Tennessee

+29.8% Total 1Ls '10-'19
2184 Total 1Ls 2019

Texas

-14.8% Total 1Ls '10-'19
227 Total 1Ls 2019

Utah

-16.5% Total 1Ls '10-'19
1225 Total 1Ls 2019

Virginia

-23.8% Total 1Ls '10-'19
151 Total 1Ls 2019

Vermont

-28.8% Total 1Ls '10-'19
529 Total 1Ls 2019

Washington

-23.7% Total 1Ls '10-'19
420 Total 1Ls 2019

Wisconsin

-14.8% Total 1Ls '10-'19
115 Total 1Ls 2019

West Virginia

-16.1% Total 1Ls '10-'19
73 Total 1Ls 2019

Wyoming

-11% Total 1Ls '10-'19

About the Data

For each state, LST aggregates individual school first-year enrollment as reported by the American Bar Association