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Why Law Schools Are Facing An Enrollment Problem

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After years of a so-called “lawyer bubble”, with firms expanding rapidly – these days, many new graduates struggle to get a job in the legal profession.  In response, law school enrollment numbers are plummeting, leading some to scale back their operations and many to re-think the best way to deliver that juris doctorate.


  • John Broderick dean of University of New Hampshire School of Law and former chief justice of NH State Supreme Court
  • Steven Harper – adjunct professor at Northwestern University and author of The Lawyer Bubble: A Profession in Crisis. He retired in 2008 after 30 years as a litigator at the large law firm, Kirkland and Ellis.
  • Robert Millerpartner and member of the Management Committee at Sheehan Phinney Bass and Green in Manchester. He is also the author of several books including the best-selling law school preparatory book Law School Confidential


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