Law school applications go mobile

The move to mobile applications comes as law schools nationwide have seen a sharp drop in applications.

Law school applications fell by 11.5 percent between 2010 and 2011, according to a report from the Law School Admission Council, marking the lowest total since 2001.

It’s the first time law school applications have dropped since 2005.

Studies cite the depressed job market as a primary reason for the drastic drop in law school applications. The average law school student now graduates with more than $100,000 in student loan debt, according to the American Bar Association.

“People aren’t sure they want to take out the loans to actually afford to go [to law school], then on the back end, they don’t know if they’ll have employment,” Boyer said. “There’s a lot of uncertainty there right now.”

Boyer said a couple applications have been submitted via mobile device since the Oct. 3 launch, and with a promotional push set for later this year, JMLS officials expect a steady increase in the number of potential students using their tablets and smart phones to start their law career.

“We’d like to think that we are using tools and technologies that ease the application process,” he said. “This is one more step in engaging prospective students.”