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Law school succeeds at lowering enrollment

September 26, 2000

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Enrollment at Kansas University's School of Law is down for fall 2000, but the decline was intentional, said Stephen McAllister, dean of the school.

About 150 students entered the law school this fall, McAllister said. A total of 192 students entered last fall.

"We basically said we better not have that many again this year," McAllister said.

The law school aims for an entering class of about 170, which was about the size of the fall 1998 class. That enables the school to keep its overall enrollment close to 500 students. Total enrollment for fall 1999 was 546.

To reduce the number of students entering this year, KU offered slots to fewer than 400 students, which is its average.

"It was in the high 300s," McAllister said of the number of offers this year.

The increase last year was unexpected, he said.

"Admission is not exactly a science," McAllister said. "We got a higher capture rate than expected." That's because not all students admitted to the school matriculate; some decide to attend other law schools.

KU's overall enrollment for the fall will be announced today when the Kansas Board of Regents releases 20th class day enrollment figures.

Last year, KU reported an enrollment of 27,838, which included a 1 percent increase for the Lawrence and Edwards campuses and a 1.5 percent decrease at the medical center in Kansas City, Kan.

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