Tenn. Law Schools Report Growth; National Numbers Down

National law school enrollment figures reported today by the American Bar Association show an 11 percent drop in first year students – a trend not reflected at law schools across Tennessee. By contrast, the state's six law schools show a combined 3 percent increase in first-year enrollment from 2012 to 2013, though the trend varied at individual schools.

The Duncan School of Law in Knoxville saw a more than doubling of first-year students, with 28 new enrollees versus 13 last year. Neither Duncan or the Nashville School of Law – which saw first-year enrollment slip by 7 percent to 158 -- are accredited by the ABA, so their numbers would not have been included in the national picture. The University of Tennessee’s College of Law saw enrollment increase by just over 30 percent to 158, while Vanderbilt and the University of Memphis law schools were nearly flat at 174 and 113, respectively. The Belmont College of Law, which has provisional accreditation from the ABA, reported first-year enrollment down by 20 percent to 82 students.