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Yale Law School students Sept. 24, 2018, protesting the confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Photo: Diego Radzinschi.

Enrollment rebounds (a little): Law schools have a lot of ground to make up before they’re back to the heady days of 2010, when more than 52,000 new students show up on campuses nationwide. In fact, many experts think enrollment is unlikely to return to those levels—ever. Still, 2018 brought a ray of hope that legal education’s popularity is on the rise. The number of applicants for this fall’s 1L class spiked 8 percent, with schools ultimately enrolling 3 percent more students. That may not sound like much, but enrollment was either down or stagnant the seven previous years. Pundits believe improved employment rates—due primarily to the smaller number of graduates—and the tumult in Washington, D.C., stemming from the Trump administration are prompting more people to pursue legal careers.

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Karen Sloan

Karen Sloan is the Legal Education Editor and Senior Writer at ALM. Contact her at ksloan@alm.com. On Twitter: @KarenSloanNLJ Sign up for Ahead of the Curve—her weekly email update on trends and innovation in legal education—here: https://www.law.com/briefings/ahead-of-the-curve/

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