Students graduating from law schools accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) over the past twelve years have faced a declining entry-level legal employment, market, stagnant or decreased starting salaries, and increased tuition debt burdens. While most law schools report strong legal employment rates, some schools consistently report very weak employment outcomes. At least partly in response to the declining legal employment market, law school applications and enrollments have decreased sharply in the past seven years. However, some law schools with persistently very weak graduate employment outcomes have lowered admission standards to minimize reduction in class sizes. In doing so, they almost inevitably exacerbate existing problems because their bar passage rates suffer and their graduates' employment prospects are further diminished.
Scott F. Norberg, J.D.s and Jobs: the Case for an ABA Accreditation Standard on Employment Outcomes, 67 J. Legal Educ. 1035, 1080 (2018).