As students return to class, there are fewer law students in the lecture halls. Law schools across the country report close to a 20 percent drop in the number of applicants this fall. The lingering recession, staffing cuts at law firms, and the rising cost of a law degree get the blame for the decline.
It can cost more than $100,000 to earn a law degree. Twenty-three year old Brandon Edwards says that was too much when he thought about attending law school full time at the University of Cincinnati. So he decided to stay home in Columbus and attend Capital University’s law school.
“I’m working full time for the public defender this year and going to class at night, so all those things combined, the goal is to get out debt free or with very minimal debt,” says Edwards.