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St. John's Law Leads New York Law Schools in Bucking National Trend in Declining Applications

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St. John's Law Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Services Robert M. Harrison and Director of Admissions Theresa C. Hallet Photo by: Rick Kopstein/New York Law Journal
Thursday, August 14, 2014

Four N.Y. Schools Buck Trend in Declining Applications
By Tania Karas
New York Law Journal


At least four of New York's 15 law schools are bucking a national trend in declining applications, according to preliminary figures provided by the schools.

New York University School of Law, St. John's University School of Law, Syracuse Law School and the Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center all received more applications in the 2014 admissions cycle than they did last year. Another five saw their applicants decline, while six did not provide numbers to the New York Law Journal.

Nationwide, applications are down 8.2 percent since last year, according to the latest figures released Wednesday by the Law School Admission Council. And they have fallen more than 34 percent since 2008.

Of New York schools providing figures, St. John's saw the greatest jump. By late July, the school had received 2,840 applications, more than a 14 percent increase over last year's 2,483.

"I was actually a little surprised, given the national decline," Dean Michael Simons said. "It's a combination of things. Our employment rate is up, our bar pass rate is up, alumni giving is up and therefore our scholarship assistance has increased."