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Yale Law School Applications Drop 16.5%

By Adam Ramirez | Last updated on

There has been a general decline in law school applications of late - about a 10 percent drop.

But one school you wouldn't expect to have double-digit dip is Yale Law School. That's right, applications are down at the nation's top-ranked law school.

Yale Law School had a 16.5 percent drop in law school applications at its March 1 deadline, the Yale Daily News reports. The average drop in law school applicants nationwide is about 11.5 percent.

The drop in law school applications may be a result of recent media coverage of the bleak job market and crippling debt that await law school graduates today, Wendy Margolis, Director of Communications for the Law School Admission Council, told the Yale Daily News.

And there has been a lot of bad press around law school graduates finding themselves jobless of late.

The media frenzy peaked with a January New York Times article, "Is law school a losing game?" The piece emphasized the growing unemployment rates among law school graduates.

Alas, mighty YLS doesn't seem too concerned about the application drop.

Public affairs director Janet Conroy told the Yale paper that administrators are not worried because the volume of applications "is within our normal historical range." Last year, for instance, applications hit a 14-year-high at the school.

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