Law school applications are headed for a 30-year low, reflecting increased concern over soaring tuition, crushing student debt, and diminishing prospects of lucrative employment upon graduation, The New York Times reports. As of this month, there were 30,000 applicants to law schools for the fall, a 20 percent decrease from the same time last year and a 38 percent decline from 2010, according to the Law School Admission Council. Of some 200 law schools nationwide, only 4 have seen increases in applications this year. In 2004 there were 100,000 applicants to law schools; this year there are likely to be 54,000. Such startling numbers have plunged law school administrations into soul-searching debate about the future of legal education and the profession over all.
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