ABA Report Finds Non-J.D. Degree Enrollment Up

Although law school application numbers are down, enrollment in non-J.D. programs at ABA-approved law schools has increased substantially, the ABA Journal reports. According to preliminary data released Friday by the ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, schools have experienced a 52 percent increase in enrollment over the last 12 years, and a 39 percent increase in just the past seven years. Popular programs include those for nonlawyer professionals who want to learn about basic concepts in the law or about the legal and regulatory environments that apply to their field of work, and lawyers who want to pursue additional degrees, such as a master of laws, to develop expertise in a particular practice area.