ABA President: Tuition, Debt Discouraging Law School Enrollment

In an interview with National Public Radio today, ABA President James Silkenat says that one reason first-year law school enrollment is down is “student loan debt in the six figures.” He thinks some students have decided that law school is no longer “worth it” since jobs remain scarce and the amount of debt affects career options. “The level of debt, frankly, affects the kinds of careers that law graduates can pursue. It's very difficult becoming a legal services lawyer working in environmental issues or something where the pay is not…at Wall Street levels,” he said. Silkenat says the enrollment numbers point to a larger issue: law school tuition needs to come down.