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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 2018, enrollment in 5 states/territories increased and enrollment in 46 states/territories decreased. For those with an increase, the average was +13.9% and range was +2.7% to +33.1%. For those with a decrease, the average was -24.7% and range was -5.3% to -72.8%.

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-40%+40%No Enrollment Change
2010-2018

The following charts show each state's 1L enrollment between 2010 and 2018 relative (as a percentage) to its largest enrollment in that same period. Hover over the chart to see 1L enrollment during a given year.

321 Total 1Ls 2018

Alabama

-32% Total 1Ls '10-'18
264 Total 1Ls 2018

Arkansas

-10.5% Total 1Ls '10-'18
407 Total 1Ls 2018

Arizona

-45% Total 1Ls '10-'18
4285 Total 1Ls 2018

California

-28.3% Total 1Ls '10-'18
420 Total 1Ls 2018

Colorado

-12.7% Total 1Ls '10-'18
455 Total 1Ls 2018

Connecticut

-17.9% Total 1Ls '10-'18
1965 Total 1Ls 2018

Washington, D.C.

-9.7% Total 1Ls '10-'18
212 Total 1Ls 2018

Delaware

-72.8% Total 1Ls '10-'18
2228 Total 1Ls 2018

Florida

-40.3% Total 1Ls '10-'18
928 Total 1Ls 2018

Georgia

-22.4% Total 1Ls '10-'18
116 Total 1Ls 2018

Hawaii

+2.7% Total 1Ls '10-'18
249 Total 1Ls 2018

Iowa

-30.4% Total 1Ls '10-'18
173 Total 1Ls 2018

Idaho

+33.1% Total 1Ls '10-'18
1819 Total 1Ls 2018

Illinois

-25.4% Total 1Ls '10-'18
619 Total 1Ls 2018

Indiana

-32.1% Total 1Ls '10-'18
221 Total 1Ls 2018

Kansas

-33.8% Total 1Ls '10-'18
420 Total 1Ls 2018

Kentucky

-11.9% Total 1Ls '10-'18
821 Total 1Ls 2018

Louisiana

-21.5% Total 1Ls '10-'18
2030 Total 1Ls 2018

Massachusetts

-15.5% Total 1Ls '10-'18
446 Total 1Ls 2018

Maryland

-32.3% Total 1Ls '10-'18
81 Total 1Ls 2018

Maine

-14.7% Total 1Ls '10-'18
1427 Total 1Ls 2018

Michigan

-47.4% Total 1Ls '10-'18
753 Total 1Ls 2018

Minnesota

-25.6% Total 1Ls '10-'18
636 Total 1Ls 2018

Missouri

-30.4% Total 1Ls '10-'18
268 Total 1Ls 2018

Mississippi

-34.8% Total 1Ls '10-'18
79 Total 1Ls 2018

Montana

-7.1% Total 1Ls '10-'18
1055 Total 1Ls 2018

North Carolina

-35.1% Total 1Ls '10-'18
62 Total 1Ls 2018

North Dakota

-25.3% Total 1Ls '10-'18
248 Total 1Ls 2018

Nebraska

-14.2% Total 1Ls '10-'18
91 Total 1Ls 2018

New Hampshire

-31.1% Total 1Ls '10-'18
655 Total 1Ls 2018

New Jersey

-28% Total 1Ls '10-'18
106 Total 1Ls 2018

New Mexico

-8.6% Total 1Ls '10-'18
157 Total 1Ls 2018

Nevada

+8.3% Total 1Ls '10-'18
4170 Total 1Ls 2018

New York

-20.2% Total 1Ls '10-'18
1168 Total 1Ls 2018

Ohio

-31.8% Total 1Ls '10-'18
436 Total 1Ls 2018

Oklahoma

-19.9% Total 1Ls '10-'18
422 Total 1Ls 2018

Oregon

-27.5% Total 1Ls '10-'18
1452 Total 1Ls 2018

Pennsylvania

-21.5% Total 1Ls '10-'18
455 Total 1Ls 2018

Puerto Rico

-66.5% Total 1Ls '10-'18
168 Total 1Ls 2018

Rhode Island

-15.2% Total 1Ls '10-'18
420 Total 1Ls 2018

South Carolina

-11.8% Total 1Ls '10-'18
71 Total 1Ls 2018

South Dakota

-5.3% Total 1Ls '10-'18
634 Total 1Ls 2018

Tennessee

+21.9% Total 1Ls '10-'18
2220 Total 1Ls 2018

Texas

-13.4% Total 1Ls '10-'18
205 Total 1Ls 2018

Utah

-24.6% Total 1Ls '10-'18
1165 Total 1Ls 2018

Virginia

-27.5% Total 1Ls '10-'18
194 Total 1Ls 2018

Vermont

-8.5% Total 1Ls '10-'18
534 Total 1Ls 2018

Washington

-22.9% Total 1Ls '10-'18
465 Total 1Ls 2018

Wisconsin

-5.7% Total 1Ls '10-'18
111 Total 1Ls 2018

West Virginia

-19% Total 1Ls '10-'18
85 Total 1Ls 2018

Wyoming

+3.7% Total 1Ls '10-'18

About the Data

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