Dean's Message October 2012

  • Capital responding to changes in legal education, profession

    Rich Simpson 180Capital University Law School is responding to national trends of declining enrollment and changes in the legal profession by increasing our operational efficiency and working to find ways to attract a higher portion of the declining pool of prospective students.

    The Law School enrolled 185 students in its incoming class this fall. The number is down from 210 students in 2011 and 246 in 2010. While these numbers reflect a 23.6 percent decrease since 2010, Capital is faring better than most other Ohio law schools in terms of enrollment. We enrolled more students than any other Ohio law school, and only two schools (Akron and Toledo) have experienced smaller decreases than Capital since 2010.

    While Capital has seen a slight decline in the median LSAT scores for our incoming students, this downward shift is comparable to what’s being seen at other Ohio schools. At the same time, we continue to be among the top-performing schools in the state in terms of bar passage.

    What is the Law School doing to respond? Plenty!

    During the past two years, we have reduced operating expenses dramatically, focusing on areas with limited impact on our students’ educational experience. We have stepped up our Admissions Office recruitment efforts. We also are directing more resources to our career placement and professional development programs in response to the tighter job markets within the legal profession, including creating a new Capital Law Connect alumni/student networking program.

    Here are a few ways alumni and friends of the Law School can help us continue tooffer a premiere legal education:

    • Sign up today to participate in the Capital Law Connect alumni-student networking program.
    • Know people interested in law school? Introduce them to all the benefits a Capital education offers, including our great location in downtown Columbus and breadth of experiential learning opportunities.
    • Have an opportunity to hire a law school student or graduate? Think Capital – and contact our Office of Professional Development to help us spread the word to our students and alumni.
    • Give financially to our scholarship programs. A critical element in attracting and retaining the best-qualified students in this highly competitive market for prospective students is providing financial aid packages that help offset the cost of a legal education. 

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