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Women May Outnumber Men Among Incoming US Law Students

This fall could be the first time in history that women will outnumber men among incoming law school students, according the American Bar Association Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

23 March 2000

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Women May Outnumber Men Among Incoming US Law
Students


This fall could be the first time in history that women will outnumber
men among incoming law school students, according the American Bar Association
Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

Women represented 48.7 percent of the
first year class in 1999-2000, and the trends in recent years have shown men's
enrolment dropping marginally while women's enrolment has increased slightly
each year, noted James P. White, ABA Consultant on Legal Education.


"If the current trend
continues, academic year 2000-2001 may be the first year in history in which
female students represent the majority of the entering class," said
White.

Total
first year enrolment increased by less than 1 percent, from 42,804 in fall 1998
to 43,152 in fall 1999. Of the 1999 first year class, men totalled 22,144 and
women totalled 21,008 - - for men a decrease from 22,485 the previous year, and
for women an increase from 20,319 the previous year.

But overall, law school enrolment for
a juris doctor degree dropped slightly in the current academic year, as it has
each year since 1995-96. For fall 1999, JD enrolment was 125,184 compared to
125,627 in fall 1998, and 129,397 in fall 1995.

The statistics reported this year
represent 182 ABA approved law schools offering the first degree in law, one
more than last year. Florida Coastal School of Law was added to the roles of ABA
approved schools for fall 1999.

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