1. The University of Wisconsin saw the largest increase in the size of its first-year class, at a whopping 82 percent. It enrolled 275 new J.D. students this fall, up from 151 the previous year.
2. The William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas enrolled 156 1Ls this year—a 49 percent increase over 2017.
3. The first-year J.D. class at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law grew 46 percent, to end up at 117.
4. The University of California, Irvine School of Law had a strong recruiting year, bringing in a first-year class of 229—44 percent larger than the previous year.
5. The University of Cincinnati College of Law saw 1L enrollment climb 42 percent this fall, bringing in 136 new J.D. students.
6. George Washington University Law School had a banner recruiting year, bringing in a 1L class that is 39 percent larger, with 564 students.
7. The University of California, Davis School of Law enrolled 206 new students this fall, up 36 percent from a year ago.
8. New student enrollment at the University of Kentucky College of Law increased 34 percent, rising to 151 from 113 in 2017.
9. Texas A&M University School of Law was a hot ticket this fall. The number of first-year students shot up 32 percent.
10. The four-year-old University of North Texas Dallas College of Law had a strong recruiting cycle, bringing in 31 percent more 1LS in 2018.
New enrollment figures from the American Bar Association show that first-year enrollment increased three percent this fall, which marks the first perceptible gain since 2010. But enrollment changes differ vastly between law schools, the data show. The number of applicants to law schools nationwide shot up 8 percent last year, with an improved job market and rancor in Washington fueling interest in legal careers. Some law school administrators said they were surprised by the unusually high rate of admitted students who actually enrolled—a figure known as the yield. That left them with unexpectedly large 1L classes. We’ve crunched the numbers to find the 10 law schools that posted the biggest enrollment gains by percent, compared to 2017. Here they are: