But the decline is also unfortunate. Unfortunate for the young people who choose not to go to law school, because they are missing what can be incredibly rewarding career.
It is also unfortunate for the clients. How ironic that so many new lawyers have trouble finding jobs and yet the great majority of Americans cannot afford a lawyer?
These observations would suggest that the decline in applications will reverse itself at some point. Big firms may find trouble finding new associates of the quality they need, and students may see more examples of successful new lawyers who have found satisfaction from practices that serve what has too often been an unmet need for services.
If so, word may circulate that good law jobs are going unfilled, and talented people will start applying to law schools again.Like the hearers of Christ's words, the hearts of the meek (law school sympathizers) should be encouraged by the hope of a prosperous future foretold in these dark times.
You know how Paul Campos quotes or paraphrases Herbert Stein about how if something is not able to go on, it will stop? Well, kids, if large law firms can't fill their six-figure jobs, the decline or plateauing of applications WILL stop.